Pakistan is all set to play it’s first ODI over Sri Lanka on Friday after several years at their hometown. Pakistan will play Sri Lanka in three ODIs and as many Twenty20 Internationals.
Former Pakistan cricketer and the newly-appointed coach Misbah-ul-Haq will be taking his first assignment with Pakistan’s One-day International (ODI) series at home. Misbah while addressing the media on Wednesday, a reporter asked him about the ‘tuk-tuk’ (slow) batting approach of the Pakistan batsmen. However, Misbah’s reply to the “Tuk Tuk problem” stunned the reporter and cracked up the rest at the press conference.
“There has been more of tuk-tuk than hard-hitting. The cricketers have scored centuries off 235 balls or more. Even in your time, as a batsman, even your approach was more of tuk-tuk than hard-hitting. So as the new head coach and batting coach will you allow these players to continue with the tuk-tuk?” – a reporter questioned.
“In my opinion, there is a lot of stress on a tuk-tuk in your question. I think you did not get the car today. Or maybe you were taught to come up with this question in order to anger the head coach.” – Misbah replyed.
Pakistan has not hosted any full-length tour ever since the terrorist attack in 2009 on Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. Major teams have avoided Pakistan since the attack, which killed eight people and injured several players.
Further, 10 Sri Lankan best players were pulled out of the series due to security concerns which include ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga.
Meanwhile, Misbah said that Sri Lanka’s top players should have come for the limited-overs series in Pakistan after being assured of security by the Pakistan government.
“Being a cricketer everyone’s life is very precious. We are also here, the rest of the players are also here … I think they should have had considered it when the government is giving assurances.” – Misbah said.
After the limited-overs fixtures, Sri Lanka will return to Pakistan later in December for a Test series which will be a part of ICC World Test Championship.
Misbah didn’t choose the thug life, the thug life chose him. pic.twitter.com/kJPjbk3eXg
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 25, 2019