Misbah vows to keep fighting


Despite going down to Australia in the One Day International (ODI) series in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has dismissed suggestions that he is about to resign from his post.

The 40-year-old batsman was recently appointed as skipper to the national side until at least the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February-March next year, but following some poor performances recently, calls for the veteran to resign has surfaced.

“I have not thought about the captaincy. I will fight on,” he said after Pakistan’s five-wicket loss in Dubai on Friday.

As has been the case in recent times, Pakistan’s batting let them down once again and their last nine wickets fell for a paltry 89 runs after Sarfraz Ahmed (65) and Ahmed Shahzad (61) added 126 for the opening wicket.

The out-of-form Misbah cwas run out for 15 after he was dismissed for a first ball duck in the opening match ion Sharjah, which Australia won by 93 runs.

“The batting has let us down and we need to put things right before the World Cup — if we don’t, then it’s trouble,” said Misbah.

“You really want to improve your performance from game to game and the Test matches are just around the corner. We need to improve our batting and if we are playing against a top side then we need to put a good total on the board, otherwise you don’t have any chance.”

After the final match in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, the two teams play two Test matches – in Dubai (October 22-26) and Abu Dhabi (October 30-November 3).