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DUBAI---Pakistan captain Mis-
bah-ul-Haq sees a weak domestic
cricket structure and too much
reliance on talent as the reasons
for his team s inconsistent per-
formances in international crick-
"When you come through those
easy competitions (in domestic
cricket) you are going to struggle,"
Misbah said. "It s a game of con-
centration. Big bowlers play with
your concentration and they make
you make mistakes."
Pakistan shocked South Africa
with a seven-wicket win in the
first Test by scoring 442 runs in
the first innings with opening bats-
man Khurram Manzoor and Mis-
bah himself scoring centuries.
But the form dipped sharply
when the same set of batsmen
were bundled out for just 99 in
the first innings of the second Test
as the Proteas leveled the series
with a crushing innings and 92-
run win on Saturday.
Once Misbah s teammate in
domestic cricket, legspinner Imran
Tahir tormented the Pakistan top
order claiming 5-32 while playing
against his country of birth in a
Test match for the first time.
Not many cricket pundits gave
Misbah s team a chance against
the world s No1 Test side, especially
after lowly-ranked Zimbabwe had
leveled the Test series 1-1 against
Pakistan last month with a victory
at Harare. While the new opening
pair of Khurram Manzoor and
debutante Shan Masood shared a
century-stand in the first Test, the
openers flopped in the next three
innings with Manzoor scoring a
pair in the second Test.
"I think you can perform once
or twice on talent, but you can t
have consistency," Misbah said.
"As a Pakistani player... we have
to accept that after one or two
good performance we get relaxed.
"We have to be mentally strong,
even if you have scored a double
century, you can t live with your
But Misbah backed his strug-
gling openers, who at least shared
a century stand after 18 months
"I don t think we should change
the openers," he said. "I as a bats-
man believe that opening is the
toughest job against the top class
bowlers, even the top players strug-
gle, they need time to adjust."
Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq cuts as South Africa's wicket keeper AB de Villiers watches during the
second Test at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, last Saturday.
weak domestic setup
DUBAI---South Africa fast bowler
Dale Steyn will be rested for the first
two One-Day Internationals against
Pakistan while former Proteas coach
Gary Kirsten will join the team as
batting "mentor" for part of the five-
The series begins in Sharjah on
Wednesday. Cricket South Africa said
yesterday that Steyn will fly back
home before returning for the third
ODI in Abu Dhabi on November 6.
Steyn tightened his hamstring dur-
ing practice last week but played in
the second Test which South Africa
won by an innings and 92 runs on
Saturday to level the two-match
Kirsten will join the Proteas for
five days during the break between
the second ODI in Dubai on Friday
and the third match in Abu Dhabi
on November 6.
Abu Dhabi also hosts the fourth
ODI two days later before the series
returns to Sharjah for the fifth and
final ODI on November 11.
Kirsten, the former South Africa
opening batsman, successfully
coached the India team which won
the last 50-over World Cup at home
South Africa wants to benefit from
Kirsten s experience to prepare for
the 2015 World Cup in Australia and
"Gary is a World Cup winning
coach and it would be naive for us
not to tap into his wisdom," team
manager Mohammed Moosajee said.
"We have a crop of young batsmen
in the squad we feel will gain a lot
of insight from his vast batting expe-
rience and knowledge."
South Africa s leading batsman
Hashim Amla is also yet to join the
squad as he flew back home after the
first test defeat in Dubai earlier this
month to be with his pregnant wife.
Middle order batsman Colin
Ingram has been placed on standby
in case Amla does not rejoin the team.
DUBAI---Legendary fast bowler
Waqar Younis said yesterday it s
impossible to legalise ball-tampering
and wanted uniformity in the rules
while punishing the offending play-
ers in international cricket.
South Africa s Faf du Plessis
escaped with just a fine of 50 per
cent of his match fee for ball-tam-
pering that put a blot on the Proteas
thumping an innings and 92-run vic-
tory in the second Test against Pak-
istan on Saturday.
"If you legalise ball-tampering ...
there will be a lot of swing so I don t
see legalising tampering is possible,"
Younis was the first player to get
a suspension from one ODI for ball-
tampering during 2000.
He took 373 wickets in 87 Test
matches and another 416 in 262 One-
Day Internationals before retiring in
He formed Pakistan s lethal pace
attack with Wasim Akram in the 90s
and was also famous for bowling toe-
In the past former bowling greats
like Pakistan s Imran Khan and
Richard Hadlee from New Zealand
had said that ball tampering should
But Younis said he couldn t under-
stand how it could be done.
"How can you legalise tampering?"
Younis asked. "I think Richard
Hadlee, Allan Donald and Imram
Khan also said that, but I don t know
how it can be done."
Back in Pakistan, several former
test cricketers and even the head of
the Pakistan Cricket Board Najam
Sethi questioned match referee David
Boon s soft punishment of du Plessis.
And Younis also agreed that du
Plessis got away with his rubbing of
the ball on the zip of his trouser s
"I think he got away with it, con-
sidering the severity of the offence,"
"Had it been a sub-continent play-
er he would have been punished
harshly, so there should be uniformity
Younis said the International
Cricket Council will come under more
pressure if ball-tampering is legalised
as the gentleman s game has recently
been tainted with match-fixing and
spot-fixing scandals in international
"I think that (legalising tampering)
will cause more problems because
already there is lack of sportsmanship
in the game and the ICC will be under
one more problem," he said.
Younis believed that batsmen
already suffer a lot when they come
up against good bowling attack on
hard and bouncy wickets in countries
like Australia and South Africa and
they will face more hardships if ball-
tampering is made legal.
"I m sure batsmen will start shout-
ing in two months if you legalise ball-
tampering because the ball will do a
lot," he said.
Younis said use of different types
of balls in international matches is
another hurdle in making ball-tam-
"There are ten teams which play
international matches they use three
to four types of different balls which
will behave differently if tampered,"
"The pitches also differ, so it can-
not be uniform."
Steyn rested for ODIs
Younis says legalising
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