Pakistan captain Misbah seeks team improvement ahead of its Asia Cup title defence in Bangladesh

Published Feb 4, 2014, 8:27 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 8:38 am IST
Pakistan must improve if they are to retain their Asia Cup title, says captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

Karachi: Pakistan's One-day and Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has asked his players to show more improvement in order to successfully defend their title in the forthcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

Misbah told reporters in Lahore that with India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan among the participating nations, the Asia Cup would be a tough challenge for Pakistan.


"No doubt we have achieved some good one-day results recently but this is a regional tournament and the pressures are different," he noted.

"I think we need to show more improvement in some areas to play to our potential in the Asia Cup," he added.

Pakistan will go into the tournament with a new head coach, batting coach and fielding coach with the Pakistan Cricket Board due to decide on the new appointments just days before the Asia Cup begins on February 16.

"If we look at the competition in the tournament we need to improve and hopefully, Umar Gul and Muhammad Irfan will also be fit for the tournament," he said.


Misbah insisted that not much attention should be paid to the recent results involving India, Sri Lanka or even Bangladesh in their one-day series.

"Bangladesh will be playing at home...this will be a big advantage to them, while India and Sri Lanka always remain dangerous one-day sides," he said.

"We will definitely be confident as we achieved good results in our last two one-day series, beating South Africa and a series triumph against Sri Lanka (in the UAE)," Misbah added.