Dav Whatmore, the Pakistan coach, is extremely disappointed with the ban imposed on Misbah ul Haq, and believes that the skipper’s absence from the Galle Test has affected the team’s performance.
The Green Shirts were found three overs short during the fifth One Day International (ODI) between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Colombo earlier this month. As a result, the whole team was fined 40 percent of the match-fee, whereas, the seasoned middle-order batsman was banned for a Test match.
Since returning to the longer version of the sport as a captain in 2010, the cricketer from Mianwali has been influential in Pakistan’s success, both as a batsman as well as a leader. With nine victories in 15 Tests, Misbah has the highest win-percentage for a captain in the history of the country’s cricket.
The skipper’s absence has reflected on Pakistan’s performance in the Galle Test as the visitors are on the brink of a massive defeat. Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and opted to bat first on a track, that has always assisted spinners with time.
The home team posted a massive total of 472 runs in the first innings of the match courtesy centurions Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara. In return, Pakistan’s batsmen struggled to make any kind of an impression and were dismissed for merely 100 runs in their first innings.
At stumps on day three of the first Test, Pakistan needed another 474 runs to win with only seven wickets in hands in their second innings.
Pakistan’s mentor is of the opinion that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should not be banning captains for such small offenses as it completely disturbs the balance of a team. The former Australian cricketer urged the governing body of the game to make amendments in its rules.
"I find it very difficult to understand why a good player, a captain, is barred from playing. I know there's rules with it. People want to see the best teams participating, particularly in Test matches where there is some discussion on the popularity of it. You want your best players playing all the time. I think we need to reassess and revisit that," Whatmore said.