Out of favour Pakistan batsman Faisal Iqbal who represented his nation in 26 Tests and 18 ODIs made a startling and audacious remark apparently calling him a better player than Misbah-ul-Haq of 7 years ago. Speaking during a local TV show, Faisal said that Misbah was brought in as the captain of Pakistan team in 2010 amidst the spot-fixing turmoil when he was already 35. He emphasised the fact that the results for the next seven years were there for everyone to see as Pakistan rose from the lows and also became the No.1 ranked team for the very first time in their history.
Faisal further stated that the difference with the Faisal Iqbal of today and the Misbah-ul-Haq of 7 years ago is that Iqbal has more international and first-class experience than Misbah and also has been a proven name in the domestic circuit. He also criticised the selectors for being biased during selections. He also blamed them for ending his ODI career.
He said that he always believed in the saying that ‘Let the Bat Do the talking’, but it was in the year 2013 when he started raising his voice when he realised that apart from the runs and form there are some other forces are preventing his selection. He blamed that the system was against him and despite being in form he was dropped from the ODI team.
Currently 35 years old, Faisal last played for Pakistan in 2010 and since then there has been no way back for the middle order batsmen. He played a handful of 26 Test matches but couldn’t quite perform consistently and could only manage 1124 runs at a below-par average of 26. He scored eight fifties and a solitary century during his Test career.
He also appeared in 18 ODI’s scoring 314 runs with the highest score of an unbeaten 100.