‘Regret for not meeting expectations’ Misbah-ul-Haq

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Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq believes that they had failed to meet expectations on the England tour but overall performance gave a lot of positives to the team looking forward. 

Speaking to reporters on Monday in Lahore, Misbah said they could have won the Test series after dominating most of the times in the opening Test. “I think we did little mistakes during the whole tour which cost us but the fact is we learned a lot from those mistakes. The biggest regret is we couldn’t meet our expectations which were to win both series,” he said.

Misbah praised youngsters who battled hard throughout despite playing in England for the first time. “It was good to see youngsters like Haider Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Rizwan acclimatizing quite well in the conditions. It was a great learning experience for these youngsters and I hope they will come up strongly with more valuable contributions in the future,” said Misbah.

Sharing experience of playing in COVID-19 times, Misbah said it wasn’t easy to stay in one place without having family and friends around. “We had no other option than to stay in a hotel in a bio-secure environment. Nevertheless, we tried to keep ourselves engaged with each other to know each other very well,” he reiterated.

“The Times honored us with ‘Sporting Hero of the week’ and it feels amazing that they recognized us. It was an important tour not only for England and Pakistan but for the entire cricket world. Hoping to see more cricket in the near future,” he concluded.

It must be noted here that Pakistan toured England for three T20Is and as many Tests. Green shirts lost the Test series 1-0 whereas leveled T20I series 1-1.

Read: ‘England should pay back a visit to Pakistan’ Shoaib Akhtar

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