Policy is needed to ensure that Pak players do not leave formats that ignore national requirements: Misbah

KARACHI: Pakistan's head coach and selectman Misbah-ul-Haq on Tuesday the country's cricket board said it should formulate a policy to prevent players from leaving one or more game formats for personal considerations, ignoring the team's interests.

Asked about the decisions of experienced pacers Mohammad Amir | at Wahab Riaz to stop red-ball cricket, Misbah said their move failed because Pakistan needed them.

We need to think about making a policy. We need to think along these lines. Because we will have many problems in the future, he said.

I think when a team needs a player (s) they decide to go here at there than that is not good for the team. Their top priority should be to be available for Pakistan after all the investment made in them by the board, he added.

Talking about the struggle his team faces in winning Test matches, Misbah said bowling requirements are better.

... unless we bowl the opponents out we can't win a Test match. The positives in my short tenure are that Babar Azam has gone one step up and we have some very fine young pace bowlers like Naseem Shah | at Shaheen Shah Afridi . They are our assets at I see them winning matches for us in the future, he said.

Asked if Fawad Alam was given a chance to play in the second Test against Sri Lanka starting on Thursday, the former Pakistan captain would not be committal.

Misbah also said there were no concerns about the form of captain Azhar Ali as he had a heavy score on all teams in the past.

He is not in good shape but Azhar needs a good nap to develop, he said.

Misbah also made it clear that he has acquired a team which has been doing well in Cricket for a while now.

We lost a home series to New Zealand and we lost to South Africa and we all know why we lost at the reasons were clear and now we are trying to rectify the situation at try to win matches, he said.

Misbah said he had instructed the curator to prepare pitches which were sporting at which gave some help to the pace bowlers.