Mohali: At various stages over the last couple of days, Misbah-ul-Haq has worn a look of resignation, and occasionally exasperation. The lack of quality in the Faisalabad Wolves side has been all too obvious - only Misbah and Saeed Ajmal have had any meaningful taste of international cricket - and to see them crash out of the qualifying competition of the Champions League at the first possible instance came as no surprise. (Sunrisers Hyderabad thrash Faisalabad Wolves)
Misbah, who along with Ajmal and Ehsan Adil only arrived in Mohali less than 20 hours before the team's first match, made significant contributions in both matches, but couldn't prevent Faisalabad from slumping to heavy losses. When he fronted up to speak to the media on Wednesday (September 18) night, Pakistan's captain was again in complete command of himself, admitting that lack of exposure was a stumbling block in his team's progress and rueing the lack of international cricket in his country.
Pakistan haven't hosted an international match since March 2009, following a terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore, and Misbah said the absence of matches had had a negative fallout on Pakistani cricket. "Definitely, it has had a huge effect," he said. "When there is international cricket in your country, there is a big positive impact on your cricketers. If there is no international cricket and you don't get to see players in action, if there are no practice matches and opportunities, it makes a difference to your own team and to the players currently playing for the national team. When you are playing in your country, the confidence you gain from performing at home helps when you play abroad."