[Videos] From questions on his salary to 'tuk-tuk' approach, Misabh-ul-Haq had a hilarious press conference
Ahead of his first international assignment as the coach of the Pakistan cricket team, Misbah-ul-Haq spoke to media during a press conference on Wednesday. The former captain spoke about various aspects, ranging from the return of international cricket in Pakistan to questions over his 'apparently huge' salary. Misbah, however, kept his calm in the presser and answered the reporters' questions in a way that chuckled everyone present.
During the press conference, one of the reports asked Misbah about the 'tuk-tuk' approach (defensive play) rather than aggressive cricket as the former cricketer himself was more of a defensive player. On being asked whether he would ask his players to follow the same methodology, Misbah wasn't in the mood to let the reporter escape without a dressing down.
"There has been more of tuk-tuk than hard-hitting. The cricketers have scored centuries off 235 balls or more. Even in your time, as a batsman even you approach was more of tuk-tuk than hard-hitting. So as the new head coach and batting coach will you allow these players to continue with the tuk-tuk?", the reporter had asked.
"It seems that there is a lot of emphasis on tuk-tuk in your question, looks like you didn't get a car, or maybe someone's told you to ask this question to try to make me angry," he replied.
Misbah-ul-Haq "It seems that there is a lot of emphasis on tuk-tuk in your question, looks like you didnt get a car, or maybe someone's told you to ask this question to try to make me angry" #Cricketpic.twitter.com/Nzw64AyAux— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 25, 2019
Another question was posed at the 45-year-old where a reporter asked him about his salary which is apparently more than even the chairman and MD of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Misbah smiled at the question and said that he didn't ask for any outrageous salary and rather only told the board to give him the same amount which was being given to his predecessor Mickey Arthur.
"I've not performed any magic to get the jobs, I didn't make any salary demands, I just asked them to pay me what they were paying the previous coach," he answered.
Misbah-ul-Haq "I've not performed any magic to get the jobs, I didn't make any salary demands, I just asked them to pay me what they were paying the previous coach" #Cricketpic.twitter.com/9v3BV6JYaH— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 25, 2019
Arthur, who held the role of head coach in the PCB, was reportedly earning USD 20,000 per month for his services which translates to roughly Rs 31.5 lacs per month (Pakistan currency).
Misbah's first assignment as the head coach of the Pakistan team is the Sri Lanka challenge. The series, however, has had a few controversies even before it has started. As many as 10 Lankan players had refused to travel to Pakistan due to security concerns and the SLC was forced to name a B-side for the tour.
In his press conference, Misbah also stressed on the fact that Pakistan should not play any of their home games outside the country anymore, having previously adopted UAE as the home venue.