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Misbah needs to play with a big heart: Akram


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“I think Whatmore's ability as a coach has been exposed in this series,” former batsman Basit Ali said. -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq came under fire from former players on Wednesday for his tactics and defensive approach in Pakistan's 2-1 one-day international series defeat to Australia.

Pakistan lost the deciding match by three wickets on Monday, missing a good chance to record their first win against Australia in a limited overs series in 10 years.

Former captain Wasim Akram said Pakistan were short of bite.

“You need aggression to beat Australia,” Wasim, a member of the team which won 2-1 in Australia in 2002, told AFP.

“Misbah is not batting well and not showing aggression in captaincy.”

Wasim, who took 502 one-day and 414 Test wickets and was one of the best left-arm fast bowlers ever to play the game, said Misbah needs to show courage after notching up three one-day series defeats in a row.

“At his age Misbah needs to play his remaining cricket with a big heart,”said Wasim of the 38-year-old.

Pakistan lost 4-0 to England and 3-1 in Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Wasim criticised the decision to promote an out-of-form Shahid Afridi to number three in the third match.

“Afridi is playing as a bowler these days as he is not in the best of form with the bat, so sending him at number three was a mistake and I don't understand the strategy of sending Kamran Akmal low in the order when he can be good as (the) opener,” said Wasim.

Former paceman Sarfraz Nawaz also criticised Misbah.

“It was his defensive approach that cost Pakistan the series,” said Nawaz.

“Pakistan had a good chance of beating Australia but they lacked planning and aggression.”

Former batsman Basit Ali said coach Dav Whatmore must share the blame.

“I think Whatmore's ability as a coach has been exposed in this series,” said Ali.

“I used to think that he was a good coach but his planning was not up to the mark.”

Comments (9) Closed

Dildar Khan Sep 06, 2012 03:55pm
East or West Wasim Bhai is the Best !!
Capt C M Khan Sep 05, 2012 06:54pm
i agree with all, Wasim, Sarfraz and Basit. Sitting here on my sofa I was thinking the same!. Why is Kamran not opening? Regarding Afridi he should be just treated as a bowler and not as an all rounder. Misbah should have taken the review for Hussey but, he listened to others and did not take? That judgmental error lost the match and series.
Mohammad Merchant Sep 06, 2012 01:13pm
I think once again Pakistan missed the golden opportunity to take the series. I belived this loss is because of grouping in the team, poor fielding and defensive captainship.If you have watched closely the body language of some player specially Afridi,Kamran Akmal and Umer Akmal is different then others.If you look at Afridi's performance in 2012, he has done nothing as bowler or batsman. He has been pushed by media as a deserving captain for ODI team.This idea destracted him from ability to performed.Group of players mentioned do not want to give credit to Misbah for winning series against Australia after 10 years.Kamran Akmal has not supported Ajmal for review of Mike Hussey and his missing stumping of Hussey is clear sign of grouping in the team.
SHAJIA AHMED Sep 07, 2012 12:03pm
I fully agree with Wasim Akram, Nawaz and Ali.
Mujtaba mirza Sep 05, 2012 06:29pm
As advised by Wasim Akram the opportunist' way Misbah has adopted should end on Akrams' avice. He has played enough cricket and done enough captaincy.Now, he must depart ,if he does not want do iit the he must be forced to do so.Similarly, it applies to Soaib Malik.
pakistanisports Sep 06, 2012 05:13am
I really think Misbah should call it a day...........He should just concentrate on Test matches. Rather than dropping Sohail Tanvir, Had Pakistani team management dropped Misbah, They would have won the series...................... Plus, what is the fun in having 38 years old players who cannot even make it to the next world cup? Pakistan should think of Mohammad Hafeez as the one day captain ...
Junaid Sep 05, 2012 05:12pm
Easy said than doing. Misbah may not be perfect, but I think he is doing a great job as captain. Last match was lost due to 4 droped catches and one missed stumping. Fielding has been a chronic problem of our team. No planning will work if the team does not perform as expected. All of the ex-players criticising Misbah had no concept of good fielding themselves, when they were active. Australian fielders create chances by taking difficult catches and runouts for their bowlers to boost their perfomance. Most world class teams run their cricket on 3 wheels ( Batting, Bowling and Fielding) , Pakistani team runs on 2 wheels with the 3rd one (fielding) out of order. Misbah is not a magician he can only select the best possible team and hope that everyone performs according to one's record.
Jibran Sep 06, 2012 06:05pm
There was just no need to change the batting order. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq should have been sent 1 down and 2 down as their designated place in the order. It wasn't a power play moment. It was time for working the gaps and taking cheeky singles and pushing the score. Pakistan has proven they can't take the pressure of power play so they shouldn't even try that any more. Just play power play in the last five overs. Otherwise stick to basics. I think it is time Misbah hands over the ODI captaincy to Hafeez and concentrate on Test matches. He is still the best person to lead in Test matches.
karamat Sep 06, 2012 06:18pm
Anybody can be wise after the event. Misbah is the best captain Pakistan have had since Imran Khan / Javed Miandad days. He has won more matches and has exciting near finishes than any of his critics ever managed. He has achieved this with an average team (barring Saeed Ajmal) His critics had better talent at their disposal (Akram, W Younis, Inzamam, Afridi in his heyday, Mohammed Yousaf to name but a few) and yet we usually lost games without a fight.