LAHORE: Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday admitted that the performance of the national team was not satisfactory and believed that strict COVID-19 protocols and multiple injuries led to the debacle in New Zealand.

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Misbah ul Huq in Lahore Press Conference

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While addressing to media the 46-year-old said that performance review is a normal practice and hoped that the committee meeting is not to grill someone. “Series analysis is very important and the cricket board has every right to do it,” Misbah said.

“It’s a normal practice for me. I presented the performance review to bog [Board of governors] earlier, too.”

However, the former cricketer said that they need the board’s confidence to continue. “We must not have a communication gap. We obviously need board’s confidence and can’t have uncertainty because producing end results take time,” he said. His comments came after some media reports suggested that the PCB is looking to replace him with a foreign coach. “We can’t assume things. Obviously we are there only to give report and recommendations. I hope it is not to grill someone,” he said.

“It [appearing before cricket committee] is not something to be minded. We are both there for Pakistan cricket.”

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Misbah Ul Huq (File Photo)

Misbah said that while the team failed in all three departments, he doesn’t doubt players’ commitment to the series as everyone tried to give their best.“These are young players; they need more time to improve,” he said. “We must accept that opposition was better than us in all three departments. We tried our best but they played better. The former cricketer added that injury-stricken squad and staying in a bio-secure bubble affected the players’ performances. Misbah said that while the team failed in all three departments, he doesn’t doubt players’ commitment to the series as everyone tried to give their best.

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“These are young players; they need more time to improve,” he said. “We must accept that opposition was better than us in all three departments. We tried our best but they played better.”

The former cricketer added that injury-stricken squad and staying in a bio-secure bubble affected the players’ performances. https://g.co/kgs/7kuRQmMisbah said:

“Covid is somehow affecting the performances of players. It’s bothering them physically and mentally. It’s a big factor; we are worried about how to continue in these circumstances,”

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