Karachi, 16 June: Saddened by Pakistan’s pathetic show at the Champions Trophy, former captains Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja today lashed out at side’s “spineless” batting and said the time has come to rebuild the team. Pakistan lost all the three Group matches to crash out of the tournament.
“What has really concerned me is that we could not play out our full quota of overs in even one match. The batting generally has been spineless and shameful. This is not the way to play in a top tournament. I think it is time changes were made in the team and youngsters were given proper chances to establish themselves,” Akram said.
“For too long we have been relying on the same players who have failed us again and again,” the bowing great added. Except skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, all others came in the firing line of Akram and Rameez. Misbah scored two half-centuries in Pakistan&’s defeats to West Indies and South Africa when the team fell for under 200 runs.
“I don’t see any threat to his future. He was your only batsman to play the way other players should have played. I can say if Misbah had not scored runs on the tour this team the way it batted could have even been bowled out for totals of 30 or more,” Akram said.
Sohail slams Imran
In the aftermath of the crushing defeat to India, former skipper Aamir Sohail has launched a scathing attack on one of Pakistan’s greatest cricketers, Imran Khan, saying the World Cup-winning captain is responsible for the current state of the sport in the country. “I want to say clearly here and for once we must face the truth that Imran is responsible for the state of affairs in our cricket,” Sohail said. “Imran damaged Pakistan cricket by encouraging our bowlers to tamper with the ball. This has led to a culture where we can’t produce good new ball bowlers or quality openers,” he added.
In another development, Shoaib Akhtar wants the PCB to appoint Australia’s Tom Moody as the coach of the Pakistan national team, saying he was capable of turning around the fortunes of the team.