“I think Misbah has been our best batsman in recent times.”
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has thrown his support behind under fire skipper Misbah-ul-Haq after the national team's disappointing Champions Trophy tournament.
Misbah, 39, was the only Pakistani batsman to shine with two half centuries in England as the Greenshirts lost all their three group matches to West Indies, South Africa and India.
The team's disappointing performance has led to calls for changes in the squad and for the removal of head coach Dav Whatmore by several former players.
But Wasim, who played 104 tests and 356 one-day internationals, said while there was a need to rebuild the national side for the World Cup in 2015, Misbah should not be removed from his post.
“I think Misbah has been our best batsman in recent times and in the Champions Trophy,” the 47-year-old told a private news channel.
“If Misbah had not stood his ground the way this team batted it could have been bowled out for scores of 30.
“His future should be secure. We need to rebuild with new players.”