Islamabad, Feb 19 (ANI): Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq has reiterated that the boycott of his country by international sides is harming their team's growth, and he also blamed lack of Test action for their crushing series defeat against South Africa.
Ongoing security concerns mean the last Test match played in Pakistan was against Sri Lanka in 2009, the Daily Times reports.
In that time, the Pakistanis have played home matches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and even England.
Four years ago, armed militants attacked the tourists' team bus in Lahore, killing eight Pakistanis and wounding six Sri Lankan players, with the incident bringing an end to tests in the country for the foreseeable future, the paper said.
Misbah said there is no doubt that the lack of Test matches is a problem for them, adding it is difficult to be the top cricket team in the world when you do not play in your home conditions.
Misbah added they have played some very good Test cricket in the last two-and-a-half years, but not enough matches, adding if everyone looks at the experience in this South African side, they have players with over 100 matches and others with more than 50.
The captain added because they have not played much, the team has players with just a few games and little experience, adding that makes it difficult to compete.
The Pakistan side that lost the second Test of the three-match series against South Africa on Sunday had a combined 277 Test caps between them, with Younus Khan (81) the only player with more than 50 appearances, the paper added.
The Proteas, by contrast, had amassed 597 caps, with five players having passed 50 and Morne Morkel on the cusp with 49, it reported.
South Africa leads the current series 2-0 with the third and final Test starting at Centurion on Friday. (ANI)