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Tom Moody can make Pakistan win again: Shoaib Akhtar

Updated June 14, 2013
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.