Misbah-ul-Haq Give Reasons to Bring Older Cricketers to International Cricket
Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq gives reasons to bring older cricketers to international cricket. According to him, age is not an issue if there is fitness and performance. Cricketers perform in adulthood. Their experience comes in handy. That is why he is giving opportunities to older people.
Older cricketers are getting opportunities in the Pakistan cricket team these days. Tabish Khan, 36, has made his debut against Zimbabwe. The debutant cricketer has also performed. This time after 11 years, Fawad Alam has returned to the national team.
Misbah-ul-Haq himself has faced this experience. He made his Test debut in 2001 at the age of 26. He was dropped from the team after three years. When he returned to the team in 2008 after a long absence, he was around 34 years old. He has played 22 yards of cricket for a long decade. He retired at the age of 43 as one of the successful captains of Pakistan.
Tabish Khan, Fawad Alam, and Nauman Ali have been getting opportunities in the team since Misbah-ul-Haq took over as the head coach of the Pakistan team. “In my opinion, age should not be a factor,” Misbah said in an interview. If a performer is fit enough, they should be given a chance. Against Zimbabwe, we have given Tabish Khan a chance without reducing the strength of the team. We will continue to give this opportunity in the white-ball format.
Addressing the critics, he said, ‘We can only work and try hard. The big thing is, the fruit is no longer in our hands. As a head coach, I don’t think about my future. I will never think about it now or later. ‘