Misbah blames Babar's absence for loss in New Zealand

Under-fire Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday blamed the forced absence of injured captain Babar Azam and the extended quarantine periods in New Zealand for the national team’s poor show on the recent tour which has put his job on the line.

“Babar’s absence due to injury made a huge difference to us and than the 18-19 days we spent in quarantine in New Zealand affected our performances as the players couldn’t get to train and prepare properly,” Misbah said during a press conference on Monday in Lahore.