On Monday, Pakistan head coach Misbahul Haq said his destiny was in the hands of the national cricket authorities after the team’s loss in the New Zealand series sparked talk about his future.
In his 15 months in charge, Misbah, who lost all three away test series, blamed a lengthy stay in New Zealand coronavirus isolation for the latest setback.
“I will be briefing the cricket committee on Tuesday, and what they are proposing to the board is their right,” he told Lahore reporters.
The Twenty20 Series 2-1 was defeated by Pakistan and went down heavily in both tests. Under Misbah, they have also lost test series in Australia and England.
When six players tested positive on arrival and the team was limited to their hotel, the New Zealand tour began poorly. They were later alerted by mingling to violate coronavirus restrictions.
We had to sit in the rooms for 18 to 19 days, and we couldn’t do anything, not even run. We were in rooms and we were just wandering in the rooms,’ said Misbah.
“Leave our situation aside, all touring teams are affected by it (Covid) and you must see that performances are up and down and there are injuries.”
Pakistan, whose fractured thumb sidelined Captain Babar Azam, lost the first Test by 101 runs and the second by an innings and 176 runs.
For the squad that led to the setback, Misbah called Babar’s absence a “big loss”
We want to see how output controls are controlled, there are a lot of fluctuations such that final outcomes are affected. We made errors on the field, but we still have to see again that one person does not go due to Covid [and] accidents have affected us a lot.
Babar Azam was a huge challenge, and for us, it was a big loss. Babar plays the same position for us as his team’s Kane Williamson, so this was a huge shock. Given this, I’m trying to say that we left no stone unturned, but in all three departments, the opposition was stronger than us,’ he stated.
The head coach said that he had no question about his team’s overall effort and that the Kiwis prevailed because they played cricket better. “We observed a lot of things that we need to improve,” he said.
He said it was a “fact” that the players were “somehow affecting the performances” of Covid-19 and the bio-secure ‘bubbles.
“You may say it is an excuse but the whole world is witnessing this.”