Pakistan Cricket board’s chairman Shahryar Khan said that Pakistan cricket team’s victory in recent test match at Oval, Manchester is an Independence Day gift to the nation. Remember Pakistan secured this victory on the eve of 14 August which is the Independence Day for Pakistan. Shahryar further said that this victory is due to the combined effort of the senior and junior players.
Talking about the future of the Misbah ul haq, Shahryar Khan said the Pakistan needs Misbah at this stage. I asked him to carry on with his career. He is in prime form of his career and Pakistan need senior players like Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan in team. Shahryar declared that Misbah will lead the team in the ongoing test match series against New Zealand and Bangladesh. He said that Misbah and Younis are the role models of Pakistan cricket. The way these two players handle the pressure and took responsibility in the final test is an example for the junior players. Junior players should learn from them.
Shahryar further said that He is making efforts for International cricket’s return in Pakistan. He said that Bangladesh and Sri Lankan cricket teams might visit Pakistan next year. Pakistan have to pay huge money for playing its home series in United Arab Emirates. Pakistan is also making efforts to organize the final of PSL 2 in Lahore. If we managed to do so it will be a huge financial benefit to Pakistan cricket board.
On the other hand Pakistan Prime Minister congratulates Pakistan cricket team on a fantastic win against England and leveling the series. Nawaz Sharif called Misbah ul Haq and congratulated him on wonderful performance of the team. He said that winning on 14 August is a great Independence Day gift for the nation. I hope Pakistan will carry on with this performance in the future.
Former players paid tribute to Pakistan team
Imran Khan also congratulate Misbah and his team. He admires Misbah’s captaincy and double century of Younis Khan. Many other former players congratulate Pakistan cricket team on fantastic win against a strong team like England. Rameez Raja said that only Pakistan cricket team can do it. Pakistan is the only team in world now who has not lost any test series in last two years. Winning at Oval after 2006 incident is a great gift and sign reliever. Remember during 2006 series, umpires blame Pakistan cricket team for bowl tempering. In reaction of this, Pakistan cricket team captain Inzamam ul Haq decided to boycott the test match. As a result of this umpires declared it as a defeat for Pakistan. After many years Pakistan won the case in ICC and ICC changed its decision against Pakistan.
Misbah ul Haq in final ceremony said the retirement is an important decision and he will think about it after going back to Pakistan. He said he is fit enough and will play and lead till Pakistan needs him. He will take the decision that will be in favor of Pakistan’s cricket. Once I thinks I am a burden on the team I will leave it myself, said Misbah. Misbah paid tribute to legend Hanif Mohammad and said that the victory belongs to Hanif Mohammad who died during the test match in Karachi. Misbah said that Younis Khan is a champion cricketer and he played a champions knock under pressure. After not performing in first three test matches, Younis was under enormous pressure for the final test. But he came out of it in style and played like a real champion.
Younis Khan after having man of the match said that a surprising call from India by Mohammad Azhar ud din helped him to came back to form. Azhar suggested me to play the ball late and let the ball come on to the bat. I changed my technique and it really worked for me.