Misbah disappointed by Windies’ ‘downfall’


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has revealed that he’d hoped for a bit more competition from the West Indies, and is disappointed with how badly they’ve played.

Pakistan have wrapped up the Test series in the UAE with a game to spare, and Misbah said he had hoped for a more stringent challenge against the once-great Windies.

Misbah said after his side’s 133-run win in Dubai: “That’s a bit disappointing and if you see their strength in international cricket they were always a force but now they are having a downfall.

“They are a young side with some players performing well in bits and pieces at the moment. They will become a good side but at the moment they are lacking experience.

“Everyone wants to see a strong West Indies side like we had in the past. Right now it’s really a big disappointing factor for all of their fans.”

Windies skipper Jason Holder, who has not been in the job a year yet, agreed about the inexperience, but insisted they were improving with each match.

He said: “It is a young and inexperienced squad so it will take time to get the results we have been looking for.

“We have been in the position of inconsistency for the last number of years so I don’t feel any pressure.

“I am here to do a job and I am trying to do as best as possible. It’s almost a decade since we have been struggling.

“We are in a situation where we are trying to get things right. It will take some time for these boys to get nourished and developed and we have to give them that opportunity to do so.

“If you have watched our cricket for the last couple of months then we have shown signs of improvement.”

The third Test starts in Sharjah on Sunday.