Pakistan Test Captain Misbah-ul-Haq has stressed that more focus should be given on limited overs cricket at the domestic circuit as the one day team is currently facing a terminal decline. Misbah stated that the not playing enough one day cricket is the reason the nation is struggling to cope with modern template for the limited overs followed by big teams like England, Australia and India.
The situation in Test Cricket is quite impressive for Pakistan as they are currently placed no.1 in the world in team rankings but the limited overs depict a gloomy story as they are currently languishing at the bottom of the table with 86 points at ninth place. Test Captain for Pakistan stated that Pakistan Cricket Board must give equal amount of intention and focus on limited overs competition as on T20 competition and four day cricket. He called for players to play more domestic limited overs game so that they could improve and evolve their game to the next level. The method is crucial for the country to produce good cricketers in the long run for the future. Misbah-ul-Haq stated that more competitive cricket will mean more opportunities for players to harness their skills to their optimum level.
Pakistan after being brushed aside by England in a comprehensive fashion in the one day series will require some effort to qualify for the 2019 World Cup. It will be stiff challenge as they will play limited overs cricket against West Indies in UAE and Australia in Australia. The last cut off date for automatic qualification for top eight teams is 30th September 2007 while the rest of the remaining teams will have to compete in a ten team World Cup Qualifier in 2008 to make it the 2019 World Cup. Pakistani fans will be hoping that the national could avoid the embarrassment of playing a World Cup Qualifier and instead can easily qualify for the next global tournament held in England.