‘T20 too unpredictable to pick favourites’


Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has urged his countrymen to keep their heads high after their Asia Cup loss to India, saying that T20 cricket could see any team win on any given day.

Misbah felt that Pakistan would do well to look at the way India play T20 cricket and emulate that ahead of the World Twenty20, and said that Pakistan's bowling attack certainly had the fire power to win matches.

He wrote on the Cricket Australia website: "I still feel that Pakistan can make the final of the Asia Cup, and will do well in the World Twenty20 as well.

"All the Asian teams appear to be in good shape in the WT20, especially India, because they can give a tough time to any team in the subcontinent.

"They have a brilliant batting line-up and spin-bowling attack, and that’s why I feel they are the team we need to look to.

"But then it is T20 cricket and any team can upset any other on the given day. You can't predict much in this format and that is not simply a diplomatic statement."

Misbah was recently a part of the inaugural Pakistan Super League in the UAE, playing for eventual champions Islamabad United, and he felt theta the Pakistan players who took part will show their value in India.

He added: "The team Pakistan has selected for the Asia Cup and World T20 has in-form players and I feel it has become even better after a few late changes (due to injuries).

"The players will enter these tournaments on the back of the PSL experience which will surely help them. You will soon see the PSL’s positive effects."