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Misbah calls for players' association
Tuesday 05 July 2011

Pakistan cricket’s tryst with controversy refuses to cease after current captain Misbah-ul-Haq said it was ‘mental torture’ to play for Pakistan. Since appointed Test captain in October after Salman Butt was banned for spot-fixing during last year's Test series against England, Misbah has led a team dogged by corruption allegations and political in-fighting.

"It is a mental torture to go through such things and it affects your performance," the 37-year-old batsman Misbah told Geo Super sports channel in an interview.

"It is bad for Pakistan cricket and people taunt us at home and abroad."

Misbah suggested that a players’ association would help the cricketers and the board communicate efficiently and effectively without any discrepancies.

"A players association can play a positive role in preparing and grooming players for international cricket and in understanding their contractual obligations," said Misbah.

Despite the troubles, Misbah said he remained fit and passionate about the sport.

"I am mentally up for international cricket. As long as I am performing I will carry on," he said. "Age is no bar for me. "I feel a cricketer only matures after the age of 30. Fortunately that is what happened to me." concluded Misbah.

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