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“If we can't beat Zimbabwe then we are going to face a torrid time against South Africa,” former Test leg-spinner Mushtaq said. -Photo by AFP
“If we can't beat Zimbabwe then we are going to face a torrid time against South Africa,” former Test leg-spinner Mushtaq said. -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq and his players came under fire after losing the second Test to Zimbabwe on Saturday and dropping to sixth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

“Misbah has given all he could to Pakistan cricket as captain. There is now a predictability and staleness in his captaincy and our brand of cricket,” former captain Ramiz Raja said after the unexpected, 24-run defeat in Harare.

“This is the right time now to have a new captain and introduce some new players. The defeat is embarrassing, frustrating and shameful.

“No one likes to back a losing side,” Ramiz added.

“We need to rethink our priorities and set a new direction or else people will stop following cricket.”

“We have hit rock bottom as a cricket nation,” former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said, while Mushtaq Ahmed said he feared for the team in the Test and one-day series against number one test nation South Africa starting next month in Abu Dhabi.

“If we can't beat Zimbabwe then we are going to face a torrid time against South Africa,” former Test leg-spinner Mushtaq said.

The win allowed cash-strapped Zimbabwe, who had not beaten a top Test-playing nation in more than a decade, to square the two-match series.

“We played our worst cricket against a nation that is struggling with internal problems and whose players were not even in the right frame of mind for this series because of their pay dispute with their board,” former wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif said.

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Anees Sep 14, 2013 07:58pm

Mr. Haq Sep 14, 2013 10:43pm

Mubarak ho bhai PCB board members and selection committee. This is the reward you give to the nation for your friends and family members and other close associates being selected in the team and people on merit sitting at home in Pakistan. Team to rethink and plan out the future of Pakistani cricket. Do players like Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq really have a future in Pakistan test and ODI batting side?

Hafeez has been rewarded with enough test caps to prove his skills are not deserving of International Caps. And don't go back to Imran Farhat & Shoaib Malik as the answer. Why cant be mend our broken relationship with Mohammad Yousuf. And also look for talents, Sohaib Maqsood, and Navid Yaseen and Hammad Azam. Surely, Pakistani domestic scene is full of talented players. They just don't know of people who are influential to get them include the in the team.

Umair Sep 15, 2013 12:28am

When people like Ramiz Raja provides their recommendation on technical cricketing matter. This is what happens. Ramiz has no knowledge of cricket, yet backs player like afridi, hafeez, azhar Ali etc.

Salman Ahmed Sep 15, 2013 02:02am

Sadly Ramiz Raja doesnt know what he is talking about.

New players were tried out - 6 out of 11 were relatively new to the team. Misbah is one of the few solid batsmen and an excellent captain.

Ramiz has forgotten that when he was the captain, he lost a series to Sri Lanka in Pak (one of the weakest sides) and then lost to them again in Sri Lanka.

Sad person

Indusonian Sep 15, 2013 02:57am

You don't understand the point, Misbah is there for a reason and he is going to be there to lead the next world cup just to decorate Pakistan with another shameful performance.

Anwar Khushab Sep 15, 2013 04:13am

Question to Ramiz Raja: Who would you appoint as captain in place of Misbah? Are you recommending that it be a bowler, because there is no other batsman or wicket-keeper who would be an automatic selection (and Younis Khan has refused the captaincy).

Shahid Sep 15, 2013 06:01am

Dear Chairman PCB, this result is nothing unexpected, we could see it coming. Do people care? No sir, not as much as they did some years ago. The people are losing interest because of policies and not because Pakistan has lost its touch. Let me give examples, what has Miandad done for cricket while in administration? isn't he there only because he is Miandad the player? Why is Hafeez being selected in test teams even after a decade of failures? iaren't his accumulations in averages only because of good nocks against minnows only or low class bowling of India. Why is Faisal Iqbal being selected with a bowlerish batting average in 50 international matches and specially at the age of 32? Why are the youngesters not been given enough chances, and if you do then you send Haris Sohail to bat at 7 in an ODI with a couple of over to bat where he must slog. Why, those with the best averages in first class, Fawad Alam and Usman Salahuddin are not being tried with ample chances? Why is PCB not able to find a couple of series in England, Aus and SA for our A-teams, so that the youngester can have a taste of the swinging conditions? Why was Taufiq Umar, the opner with the best batting averages and the one who he most succesful against SA, not selected on tour to Zimbabwe so that he could get polished for the forthcoming series. Were Farhat and Hafeez considered to be better players than him? on what grounds? Why didn't Misbah drop Hafeez for the last test, why is he afraid to do that? I can go on sir....

ahmad khan Sep 15, 2013 06:14am

azhar ali, mohamad hafeez and asad shafiq has to go. there is much more talent in pakistan and PCB has to give young talent an opportunity.

AJ Sep 15, 2013 07:23am

Cricket fares no different from whatever else happening in other sports and the country in general.

Mohammed Ahmed Sep 15, 2013 08:54am

If this is the state of our test Cricket, then it would be better for Pakistan team to cancel India tour

Mike Sep 15, 2013 09:09am

Bunch of talkers who blame the captain. I would get rid of Hafeez completely out of test cricket and all others beside YK and Khurram. Bring in Sarfaraz as an expert wicket keeper rather than PT wicket keepers like the Khatmal brothers.

Umair Sep 15, 2013 12:30pm

Ramiz please stop promoting players on your personal likes and dislikes.

Haneef Sep 15, 2013 12:48pm

Yes; Ramiz is correct. PCB should drop Hafeez, Adnan Akmal, Khurram Manzoor immediately. Bring new blood to Pakistani team. Even remove Misbah from the captaincy; and from all formats of cricket. Tuk, Tuk, Tuk....

shaffiq Sep 15, 2013 02:18pm

Until Pakistan has a tough, competitive domestic league that grooms players, Pakistan will always be a joke side.

Start by closing down the academies. These are a waste of time, without a domestic set that tests, develops and challenges players, physically, mentally and teaches the real game, taking into account pitch, players, weather, match position, strategy and tactics.

Pak players are too busy make adverts, and playing in foreign leagues

Talent is being lost and wasted

M Khaleeq Sep 15, 2013 03:01pm

Few years ago Imran Khan used to claim if Taliban (Terrorists?) hurt cricket the whole Pakistani nation will turn against them. What happened to the cricketing nation?? What happened to the PASSIONS of the so called proud nation? The nation has to beg the other countries to stage a tournament as home series. Not only India but everyone else is also reluctant to play in Abu Dhabi/ Dubai with empty grounds. Hard core passionate fans are sitting home trying to watch and listen on TV and Radio. Cricket has be back in the streets and small little areas of the country from primary schools. People who always blame the others for their mistakes and never learn suffer a dreadful fate.

M Khaleeq Sep 15, 2013 03:02pm

@Haneef: He may be TUK TUK but how many games he has saved. Pakistan's problem is 1-4 batsmen. They go down like ten pins and then the saviour has to come and if you think he should also start hitting, you will go down the drain.

Basharat hussain Sep 15, 2013 04:25pm

I wonder why pcb is selectng Hafeez again and again such a useless player havnt ever seen..N pcb must ponder to select Umar akmal aganist

Atique Sep 15, 2013 05:17pm

We simply need professionals to run the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Selection Board.

Muquarrab Sep 15, 2013 05:38pm

In fact, zim were in the right frame of mind, Mr. Rashid Latif Sahib! They wanted to "prove" something and they did! Despite the fact that they were no paid or paid in adequately by their country. Our "elites" need to learn a lesson from them on intent and motivation. Thanks.

Moeen Sep 15, 2013 06:13pm

I would not hold Misbah responsible. Yes he bats slow but what is he supposed to do when you have the first 4 wickets fall for 20 runs. The problem is we are not developing batsmen with good technique who are able to play long innings required in test matches. Secondly the domestic structure is not conducive to developing batsmen for test matches. What on earth is Hafeez doing in the test side? He may be a good player for Twenty20 but totally not suited for tests.

PakFan Sep 15, 2013 10:34pm

I guess you can blame Misbah here indirectly for selecting Hafeez for the match.

azhar Sep 16, 2013 06:19pm

I guess the defeat has brought the policies of inconsistencies of our selection board to surface. Ilyas , the creation of nepotism and now the master of it and still the unknown to the cricket world who has never achieved any success or any recognition during his time is persistent in trying to acquire recognition through Imran Farahat. Why it is happening?. Don't they have any sensitivity towards national pride. I guess Alcoholics stick together and do favours to each other. Hafiz is a great batsman but his mindset is for shorter version of the game and the selectors should recognize it and should stop playing him as an opener in the Test side else, he will loose his game as an opener in one days and T20s.

G.Khan Sep 17, 2013 07:27pm

Pakistan @ present have the worst batting line up and yet PCB Chairman thinks nothing to be alarmed about.i honestly think they deliberately destroying cricket in Pakistan we were renown for giving youngsters an early chance(if you are good enough then you are old enough)as we adopted that policy and were very successful I might add. our U21 & U19 have been very successful lately so why not give them a chance

G.Kan UK