Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has said that he doesn’t care about critics who are trying to undermine Pakistan’s dominant win over Zimbabwe in the two-match Test series in Harare.
His comments came after former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja criticised the team for playing against Zimbabwe. Raja, while speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, went on to say that the one-sided matches against Zimbabwe are a joke.
“Such one-sided matches are a joke and it will force fans to watch other sports, instead. Some people are of the opinion that when a weak team plays a strong one, you need to focus on what you learn from it rather than the outcome of the match,” said Raja.
“You learn from the stronger team’s process and the way it adapts to the changing situation of a game. But I don’t think Zimbabwe learned anything from this series because they were continuously dominated by Pakistan,” he added.
Reacting to the comments made by Raja and other critics, Misbah said: “I don’t care about them and their criticism. We can only work and try hard. The bottom line is that results are not in our hands. As the head coach, I have not thought about my future and will not start doing that now either.”
Pakistan whitewashed Zimbabwe in the series and won both games in emphatic fashion. In the first Test, the Babar Azam-led side registered a total of 426, which proved to be enough as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 176 and 134.
It was one-way traffic in the second Test too as Pakistan recorded a total of 510/8 on the board and then dismissed the home team for 132 and 231. Though Zimbabwe did fail to put on a show, they did stun the visitors in the T20I series by winning the 2nd T20I.
Pakistan’s next assignment will come in the form of a white-ball series against England, which kicks off in July.