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.

Pakistan lost both the Tests and also went down 1-2 against New Zealand in the T20Is. Under Misbah, Pakistan had lost away series in Australia and England as well.

“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.

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“Not having Babar was like New Zealand not having Kane Williamson.” Misbah said the fact that opener Fakhar Zaman couldn’t travel…

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