Befitting farewell to legends

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CAPTAIN Misbah ul Haq and veteran Younis Khan faced many ups and downs in their cricket career but like true stars, they sealed their career on a high note — something they really deserved for the way they led national cricket team in difficult times. Winning the first ever test series against the West Indies in Caribbean and that too in a nail biting finish indeed is the most befitting farewell to the duo who would also have set their eyes on this historic occasion before embarking upon the tour as they had announced their retirement before reaching the Island.
The two legends have left behind a legacy of consistency and steadfastness and one hopes that junior players while following the footsteps of these two players will try to deliver according to best of their capabilities. Also we have no doubt in saying that there is no dearth of talent if junior players are provided with right kind of coaching, training and opportunities to showcase their faculty. Both Misbah and Younis remained the pillars of Pakistani batting line-up for over a decade as they always delivered when the team required the most from them. Given our cricketing structure, which has gone obsolete, it would be difficult to find their replacements any time soon but we expect that with the induction of right kind of players while rising above any favouritism, this tricky period of transition in the team could be curtailed. We have repeatedly been urging in these columns that the PCB needs to establish a system on the pattern of top ranking teams such as Australia and South Africa that appropriate replacements are always ready to wear the boots of outgoing top class players. Over the last 15 years, many top class bowlers and batsman came and retired in the Australian team but the departure of any of them did not affect overall team performance. This is why Australian team still is ruling the cricket for such a long time. We also need to develop the same kind of infrastructure that prepares a pool of players of international standards. Talent is there. Only commitment is required to exploit it.