Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Misbah-ul-Haq says lack of home Test cricket affecting Pakistan's 'competitiveness'

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has claimed lack of Test cricket at home is affecting team's competitiveness, adding they should be allowed to stage international cricket again.
No Test series has been staged in Pakistan since armed militants attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan team in Lahore four years ago, killing eight locals and wounding six visiting players, Sport24 reports.
Misbah said Pakistan is such a big cricketing nation and the world has to think about bringing international cricket back to the country.
The middle-order batsman added Twenty20 tournament in Pakistan saw full stadiums for every game and there were no security concerns, adding the people should have international cricket.
Misbah said having to play home Tests abroad, often in the United Arab Emirates cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, was affecting the competitiveness of the team.

Misbah added Pakistan play only about five or six Tests a year while other countries play 15 or 16 a year, adding this really does affect their team.
Pakistan will play Tests in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Centurion, two Twenty 20 internationals and five one-day internationals during the Proteas tour that stretches to late March. (ANI)

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