Shoaib Akhtar. -File photo
Shoaib Akhtar. -File photo

KARACHI: Former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar, hit out at the team's recent shambolic performance in the Champions Trophy, adding that ex-Sri Lanka coach and Australian player Tom Moody could be the solution to their woeful batting.

Pakistan are out of the eight-nation tournament after being edged by West Indies in their first match while South Africa recorded a comprehensive 67-run victory over the widely touted pre-tournament favourites.

“Pakistan should go for Tom Moody, he is the only man who can bring the match-winning attitude into the team. He is fantastic, rugged, a brilliant friend, brilliant manager, brilliant motivator and accommodator and he knows how to handle guys. They don’t need someone to show them how to play the game, they need someone to preach in the dressing room," Akhtar told Sport360 in an interview.

Akhtar also took a swipe at the players, calling them mentally disturbed.

“Most of the players do not perform on the field, why? Because they’re mentally disturbed. They have a lot fears; take those fears away, that is the coach’s job, it is not to teach the game.”

India, who have already qualified for the semi-finals, play Pakistan on Saturday.

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Ahmer
Jun 14, 2013 11:35pm

Even though the the Team is out of the Championship rather unceremoniously but it still has a last chance to retrieve their and Pakistan's honour in tomorrow's must win match. against India. May Allah grant them victory.

Kadvi Baat
Jun 15, 2013 12:29am

Life is more precious than coaching for Tom....

Kamal
Jun 15, 2013 02:17am

The best motivational coach for Pakistan was Mohsin Hasan Khan. Bring him back along with a decent batting coach and decent bowling coach. England have this set up with Andy Flower and have become an excellent team.

iftikhar khan
Jun 15, 2013 07:20am

It means,players of pakistan cricket team are mentally not strong enough to take the pressure,then why they have been selected.After playing so many international matches our players are lacking to handle the pressure, come on,why don't you say that they are not good enough to take that kind of pressure,the only way to solve this problem is to get rid of these players and selectors, look at the selectors like Iqbal Qasim, how in the world he can select a strong batting team when he himself is not a batsman, we need people like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad,Mushtaq mohammad as selectors.

iftikhar khan
Jun 15, 2013 07:21am

It means,players of pakistan cricket team are mentally not strong enough to take the pressure,then why they have been selected.After playing so many international matches our players are lacking to handle the pressure, come on,why don't you say that they are not good enough to take that kind of pressure,the only way to solve this problem is to get rid of these players and selectors, look at the selectors like Iqbal Qasim, how in the world he can select a strong batting team when he himself is not a batsman, we need people like Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad,Mushtaq mohammad,

Nademm Mirza
Jun 15, 2013 09:17am

you my friend were also mentally disturbed. Remember?

Dilawer
Jun 15, 2013 10:10am

PCB should offer a mandatory course before every contest to prep the guys. Most of the players in Pakistan are not that educated, with few exceptions, therefore they are not mentally tough to face the real competition. When the players start seeing the merit and legit appointment in PCB the day Pakistan team will start showing winning results. The problem is not the player but the selector who just don't believe in merit selection.

what's in a name
Jun 16, 2013 07:47pm

@Ahmer: Allah se dua karo ke Pakistan ka kuch karein......cricket apne aap sambhal jaayegi