While the attention of the entire nation is focused on the political landscape in Islamabad, former players have called for the sacking of Misbah saying it was paramount to appoint flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi as captain for the World Cup.
"It is imperative that Misbah is sacked as captain and Afridi asked to replace him. Misbah's batting and temperament is preventing the team from showing its true potential in one-day matches," former captain, Muhammad Yousuf said.
"Afridi may not be in the best of form but he is a natural leader and he will bring back the much needed enthusiasm and zest into the team that is badly needed for the World Cup," Yousuf said.
Yousuf said that Misbah had been pulling down the team with his defensive approach and passive captaincy. "He is going nowhere now. He has given his best days to Pakistan cricket and we appreciate that but it is time to move on."
Former captain Rashid Latif also felt that after the shoddy performances of the Pakistan team in Sri Lanka it appeared as if Afridi would be brought in as captain.
"To me it seems the time has come for Misbah to be changed. I get this feeling. Because there is no explanation for the way we performed in Sri Lanka," he said.
He said that the team despite having a strong support staff just didn't seem to learn from their mistakes and Misbah was not leading from the front.
But well-informed sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board insisted that they were no plans to unseat Misbah at this time.
"Chairman, Shaharyar Khan is clear in his mind that one bad series does not justify sacking Misbah and secondly stability in required in the team in the buildup to the World Cup which Misbah provides," one source said.

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