Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq stuns reporter with cheeky response to 'Tuk Tuk problem'

India Today

India Today

Author 2019-09-26 11:39:00


Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq addresssed the press a day ahead of their 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka in Karachi (AP Photo)


  • Misbah-ul-Haq addressed the press ahead of 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka
  • Pakistan host Sri Lanka in a historic limited-over series from September 27
  • Misbah-ul-Haq took over as head coach and chief selector of Pakistan earlier this year

A reporter on Wednesday tried to put Misbah-ul-Haq into a tricky situation by asking the new Pakistan's new head coach about the issue of not-so-impressive strike rate of the Pakistan batsmen. However, Misbah's response to the "Tuk Tuk problem" stunned the reporter and cracked up the rest at the press conference.

Former Pakistan cricketer and the newly-appointed coach Misbah was addressing a press conference on Wednesday when a reporter asked him about the 'tuk tuk' batting approach (slow batting approach) of the Pakistan batmen. Misbah was speaking to the press ahead of Pakistan's 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka in Karachi.

The question was: "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?"

Responding to the question, Misbah said, "In my opinion, there is a lot of stress on tuk tuk in your question."

"I think you did not get the car today. Or maybe you were taught to come up with this question in order to anger the head coach."

Pakistan are set to play Sri Lanka in three-match ODI series and three Twenty20s at home. It is the first time since Sri Lanka's team bus was attacked by terrorists in Lahore in 2009 that a foreign team will conduct a two-week tour of Pakistan. Major teams have avoided Pakistan since that ambush, which killed eight people and injured several players.

However, 10 of Sri Lanka's best players pulled out of the series due to security concerns including ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga.

Meanwhile, Misbah also said Sri Lanka's top players should have come for the limited-overs series in Pakistan after being assured of head-of-state-like security by the government.

"Being a cricketer everyone's life is very precious," Misbah said on Wednesday. "We are also here, rest of the players are also here ... I think they should have had considered it when the government is giving assurances."


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