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‘Leading Pakistan is not like a bed of roses,’ says Misbah-ul-Haq

Lahore, June 14(ANI): Misbah-ul-Haq has said that the job of leading the Pakistan cricket team is not ‘a bed of roses’.

Misbah, who took over the Test leadership after Salman Butt was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year, was also entrusted with the captain’s armband for ODIs after Shahid Afridi was removed from the post by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last month.

“I never focused on long-term captaincy. Leading Pakistan is not like a bed of roses and as a Test captain, I’ve been trying my level best,” The Daily Times quoted Misbah, as saying.

“Leading the side in ODIs is an added responsibility, but it’s still an honour. My only focus is to do well as a batsman and captain,” he added.

He declined to comment on the ongoing row between Afridi and the PCB.

However, he did express satisfaction over the recent Ireland trip.

Misbah hoped that the performance of the young players would improve with the passage of time.

“The result speaks itself and I am satisfied with the performance. The team combination worked out very well and the young players are getting better with experience,” he said. (ANI)