|Misbah-ul Haq and Saeed Ajmal
Chandigarh: “Very tired, but very happy to be back in India...”
Those were the first comments from Pakistan’s Test and ODI captain Misbah-ul Haq, who also leads the Faisalabad Wolves, on checking-in at the JW Marriott around 7.45 pm on Monday.
Misbah, Saeed Ajmal and Ehsan Adil travelled for 20-plus hours (three flights) to get here from Harare for the CLT20 qualifiers in neighbouring Mohali.
“It has been a long journey, but it couldn’t be avoided... Fact is we have to play tomorrow afternoon itself... Ek aur challenge hai... I’ll probably go to sleep straightaway,” Misbah told The Telegraph.
He added: “I expect the qualifiers to be tough... Sabhi teams achchi hain.”
Asked what went wrong in the second and final Test against Zimbabwe, which saw the hosts pull off a 24-run shock win, Misbah said: “Batting... Aur kya bolen? Batting has been letting us down almost throughout the year.”
Ajmal looked tired, but was still chirpy. “We’ll qualify for the main CLT20... Ho jaye ga qualification.... I’m confident.”
Both Misbah and Ajmal were ‘accosted’ by a sports goods manufacturer before they could head to their rooms.
Misbah, in particular, was requested to give an assessment of a “new” bat made by the manufacturer.
Thankfully, Misbah and his two teammates didn’t have an issue with their visas. “Whatever (additional) papers were needed were there when we landed in New Delhi in the afternoon. Koi masla nahin hai,” the captain informed.