Ahead of the 1st ODI in Karachi, a reporter asked Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq about the not-so-impressive strike rate of the Pakistan batsmen. However, his response to the “Tuk Tuk problem” stunned the reporter and made everyone laugh at the press conference.
The reporter asked, “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?”
While replying 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.”
The series is comprised of three ODIs and as many Twenty20s. This is the first time since terrorists attacked Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009. Eight people were killed and several people were injured. Since then, all the major teams have avoided touring the country.
However, ten of Sri Lanka’s best players have pulled out of the series due to security concerns. This included ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga. Moreover, the head coach also shared that Sri Lanka’s top players should not pull out for the limited-overs series in Pakistan as they were assured of head-of-state-like security by the government.
“Being a cricketer everyone’s life is very precious. 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,” Misbah-ul-Haq further concluded.