Our sole focus is on the South Africa series, says Misbah-ul-Haq

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

24th Jan, 2021. 06:03 pm

While talking to the media in a virtual presser, the Pakistan cricket team’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said that he is not worried about the future as he is only focusing on the South Africa series.

Haq accepted that the national team’s performance was poor in the previous matches played against the international teams, however, the home series against South Africa has given the team a great opportunity to prove themselves once again.

“Not satisfied with the performance and want to improve on that. Our sole focus is on the South Africa series and I’m not focusing on what will happen in the future,” Misbah said.

“I don’t believe that (my future) has anything to do with the South Africa series. I have always played cricket under pressure and you have to perform. Have always believed and learned to do well in the present rather than looking ahead,” he added.

The 46-year-old Misbah also told the reason why National High-Performance Center (NHPC) coaches Saqlain Mushtaq and Mohammad Yousuf are with the side.

“I have listened to different speculations regarding them. The main goal of calling Saqlain Bhai was to work with the new spinners and Yousuf Bhai was to see what batsmen are doing,” he revealed.

“People have made up impression that if three people (including Younis Khan) will tell them, they will get confused. There’s no such thing as we are trying to work together as if these players go back to NHPC, they know what areas need to be addressed.”

It should be mentioned here that Pakistan and South Africa will face each other to play two Tests in Karachi and Rawalpindi from January 26th.

Pak vs South Africa Test Matches Schedule

Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st Test

Jan 26, 2021, Tue – Jan 30, 2021, Sat

National Stadium, Karachi

Pakistan vs South Africa, 2nd Test

Feb 04, Thu – Feb 08, Mon

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi


Pak vs South Africa T20I Schedule

Pakistan vs South Africa, 1st T20I

Feb 11, Thu

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Pakistan vs South Africa, 2nd T20I

Feb 13, Sat

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Pakistan vs South Africa, 3rd T20I

Feb 14, Sun

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

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