Misbahul Haq and Younis Khan farewelled, writing a golden chapter for Pakistan cricket history with their jewel performances and leadership which will not only be a beacon light for budding players, but also a coaching lessons for administrative transparency as to how cricket those incharge of cricket board how to conduct themselves in PCB.
Bosses in PCB must demonstrate integrity, honesty, commitment, and dedication, instead of yielding to outside influence in conducting themselves, for the establishment they are running demands above board decisions. Then alone can Pakistan cricket can regain its past glory, and be a team with dictating terms for the rest of the ICC member States.
As they left in tremendous guard of honour from team mates, and being lifted on shoulders, with national flags wrapped around their backs and chests, it was a moment of delight for their countrymen whose passion for the game is known world over.
Not only did they earn deserving tributes from top notchers in a game known for its professionalism, and crowd attraction( especially after innovation of shorter versions like Champions Trophy, which is due to start from 1st June in England, but also the T-20 thrillers.
ICC CEO David Richardson heaped praise on Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan for the pair’s contribution to cricket. But that is just a petty part of it. All time greats of the game like Imran Khan, and several others around the globe, came out with enormous and eloquent words of praise for the two. “Both these batsmen have given so much to the sport and fans over their careers,” said ICC chief executive David Richardson.
Both Misbah, and Younis were rightly given the trophy after the nail-biting win in the last Test, which also gave a historic first-ever series win in West Indies on the latter’s soil, but they celebrated it richly, and rightly for having their names written in the annals.Nothing could be more befitting goodbye than that. They deserved it fully and thoroughly.
Misbah-ul-Haq, retiring at th age of 42, was still smarter, alert and fit than many of their younger age groups. His careers glittered with 5,222 runs in 75 Tests, including 10 tons and 39 half-centuries, while he amassed 5,122 runs in 162 one-day internationals with 42 fifties. He was unlucky to miss three possible centuries, for being out twice at 99, and once remaining unbeaten in the just ending Carribean series.
Younis Khan – who scored 313 against Sri Lanka in 2009 – tallied 10,099 Test runs in 118 matches, highlighted by 34 hundreds and 33 half-centuries. He also recorded 7,249 ODI runs. He is the only Pakistani to achieve that coveted honour with 34 hundreds, whereas Inzimam had 25 hundreds and Jave Miandad just one short of him tat 24, and both finishing at 8,332 and 8329 runs.
If said that “Misbah has been the bedrock of many a Pakistan innings, time and time again extricating his team from difficult situations with a terrific temperament”, it will not be an over0-statement. At times he slow in scoring, but assuming the sheer anchor role like Asif Iqbal, Javed Miandad, and Mushtaq Mohammad, was lacking seriously, Misbah filling that vacuum
“He knew how to graft for his runs but could also be inventive and score at a brisk pace, as was evident during his impressive 56-ball century against Australia in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, which equalled Viv Richards’ world record.
“He was a leader who took charge at a difficult time and led the team on a journey to the number one position in the ICC Test rankings. He was a true sportsman and role model, deservingly winning the ICC’s Spirit of Cricket Award for 2016.
“Younis has been one of Pakistan’s finest batsmen, also often coming up with his best efforts when the chips were down. A triple-century in Tests at home against Sri Lanka and a double-century in a series-levelling effort in India are just a couple of the performances that have placed him in a league above the rest.
“A particularly fine player of spin bowling, Younis was also an able captain who led Pakistan in all three formats of the game with the highlight being victory in the ICC World Twenty20 in England in 2009.
“On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate both these batsmen on their wonderful careers and wish them every success in whatever they pursue in the years to come.”
A word of advice for Sheharyar Khan and Najam Sethi, both novices in cricket management, and often principal reasons for debacles of our team in international arena. They should now sincerely work for finding their replacements, refuse to succumbing to pressures, which have been their style of work so far. Onerous responsibilities have been placed on their shoulders. A talent hunt must start right now, for the World Cup and preparing a reliable batting side, which can withstand pressures. A fine and reliable batting side collapses once, but Pakisatn team has been at times laughing stock for the game lovers. The way they did folded for 81 in the second Test of the latest 3-Test series must have provided easy instrument for many an analyst to write obituary of Pakistan cricket. That they did not, showed their patriotism and confidence in youngsters, whose two senior Misbah and Younis will be no more with us.