x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Misbah eyes continued run of success in Bangladesh

Pakistan captain says unity among players in wake of match-fixing crisis helped forge a winning team during the just-concluded home series against Sri Lanka.

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, is looking for his side to build on their winning streak on their tour of Bangladesh next week.

Pakistan leave the UAE having whitewashed Sri Lanka in all three formats of the game.

Misbah top scored with 48 as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 on Friday, capping a successful tour in which they also won the three-Test series 1-0 and five-match one-day series 4-1.

Pakistan play a Twenty20 international against Bangladesh on Tuesday. They also play three one-day and two Tests on the tour.

"I hope my team shows more improvement and consistency on the tour of Bangladesh which like any other tour is not easy," said Misbah, 37, who has not lost a Test series since taking over in October last year. "The morale and confidence of the team is very high."

He said the team were united after the spot-fixing scandal which ended in jail sentences for Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

"The situation under which Pakistan cricket went through in the last year has bound the team very well and as required all the players showed unity and discipline which is a very good sign," Misbah said.

"Discipline and focus on and off the field was very important and that's what we have shown."

Meanwhile, Mohsin Khan, the interim Pakistan coach, said the pitches in the UAE were not conducive to one-day cricket. Only once in five one-day games did a team score more than 250 runs.

"The pitches weren't really friendly for one day cricket. The ball was seaming, stopping and gripping off the pitch which becomes a bit difficult for the batsmen to go for their shots," Mohsin told Pakpassion.net.

"I'm not saying the pitches are bad, but I think with the new rule changes and the nature of the pitches, then the expected large scores were not possible."