Misbah: My point of view isn’t always accepted

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq has suggested the Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to omit the veteran Younis Khan from October’s ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates is incorrect.

Khan had not played ODI cricket since March 2013 prior to last month’s tour of Sri Lanka. He scored just three in the opening fixture before returning home due to a death in the family.

The veteran right-hander has not been included in a relatively new-look 15-man squad for three ODIs against the Australians in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. Talented quartet Umar Amin, Sarfraz Ahmed, Raza Hasan and Asad Shafiq, meanwhile, have been recalled.

“I don’t want to comment on this issue because Younis is a senior team-mate and I also have to look at the PCB code of conduct, but I want to make it clear it is not necessary that my point of view is accepted all the time when teams are selected,” IBN quoted Misbah as saying.

“When a team is selected discussions are held and sometimes your arguments are accepted and sometimes they are rejected. You also have to respect and accept the views and decisions of others being part of a team set-up.”

The 40-year-old Misbah has retained the ODI captaincy ahead of next year’s World Cup in Austraila and New Zealand, where Pakistan have been pooled with South Africa, India, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and United Arab Emirates.

“If I was a defensive captain or batsman would the team have achieved the notable successes it has achieved in the last four years? I always decide how to play and try to combine aggression with defence,” he concluded.