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SYDNEY: Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has called on his country’s cricket board not to invite Pakistan for Test series Down Under in future unless the struggling Asian side improve their performance and provide some sort of challenge to the home side.

The Misbah-ul-Haq-led side were whitewashed in the recent three-Test series against Australia, thus disappointing those who had hoped to see a closely-contested series in the light of Pakistan’s impressive form in the UAE.

Pakistan had struggled in all departments of the game, and apart from the final day of the opening Test at the Gabba, they rarely threatened the Australian side.

Criticising Pakistan’s inability to play competitive cricket in the tournament, Chappell warned the Misbah-ul-Haq’s side to either stop playing poor cricket or just stay at home. “Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum. Cricket Australia (CA) have got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve, we will stop with the invites,” said Chappell.“You can’t continue to [play poor] cricket. You can’t bowl poorly, have conservative field placings and field sloppily and expect to play decent cricket in Australia,” he added.

The 73-year-old also slammed Misbah’s defensive captaincy, saying that a lot of Pakistan’s struggles were because of no inspiration from the leader. “A lot of their struggles were because they had no leadership. There was no inspiration from Misbah, so things have got to change in Pakistan,” he added.

Chappell also expressed his views on Misbah’s future as a captain. He insisted that if he would have been in selection committee then it would be an end of Misbah’s era. “If I had anything to do with the selection then that will be it for Misbah as the captain, but in Pakistan they do some very strange things, so I wouldn’t bet on it,” he stated.

Published in Dawn January 10th, 2017

Comments (14) Closed

A Pakistani_Ireland Jan 10, 2017 05:01pm

You are absolutely right but who will listen to you in PCB??????

zafar ahmed Jan 11, 2017 05:20pm

Please wake-up Mr. Patron-in-Chief of PCB !

J. Yamla Jan 11, 2017 06:10pm

I agree with Ian Chappell assessment about Misbah and his defensive tactics but I diasgree with him saying 'not invite Pakistan for test any more'... Misbah should have retired.

Irshad Ahmed Patel Jan 11, 2017 06:43pm

IAN Chappell has to go vocal on sideline global cricket with the introduction of BIG THREE.

Thanks to Federal Minister for sports and PCB who fail to do their jobs and soon Pakistan will be playing Malaysian and Bermudans.

Masood Hussain Jan 11, 2017 07:26pm

Very rude of Chappel to utter such remarks about pak team and Misbah exactly opposite to what he has been saying earlier.

hussein Jan 11, 2017 07:39pm

just shut up - australia has got bashing several times - what happened in UAE?

LOHPURUSH Jan 11, 2017 07:59pm

Ian Chappel , this is not sportsman's language. Do Not forget , Australia was lucky to win test narrowly in Ist (or 2nd) Test. Australia was blanked 4-0 in last Indian tour and I expect similar result in upcoming series.

N_Saq Jan 11, 2017 08:30pm

It is not Misbah's fault, what can Misbah do if he is not given the best Pak side i.e. in bowling. There were lot of good batting performances but were not backed up by bowling.

Right now Pak has one bowler who can be successful overseas and that is Mohammed Amir the rest of Pak bowling line up is mediocre and the reason Amir is not successful is because opposition plays Amir carefully and then bludgeon the other bowlers. The reason Amir was successful in the past is because of Mohammed Asif, the best swing bowler in the world, bowling from the other side. Therefore, when Amir and Asif was bowling in tandem there was no respite for the batsmen and they will crumble under the pressure. So in a nutshell, by punishing Asif more than he deserve, Pak is punishing itself.

Aziz Jan 11, 2017 08:45pm

And Australia should stop visiting India since they lost 4-0. Oh wait...India is a lucrative country so rules can be twisted. Wake up Chappell.

Ziyan Jan 12, 2017 12:33am

Australia should play proper test cricket in South Asia and South Africa otherwise no invitations for Aussies too. I guess Mr. Chappell lost his sense and memory too. He forget how Aussies recently perform in UAE, Srilanka and lost to SA in their home ground. Please check stats before opening your mouth. That's how people loose respect.

Akil Akhtar Jan 12, 2017 07:54am

Australia lost 5-0 against SA in SA and 2-1 in Australia...did he say the same or not....

i chaudhry Jan 12, 2017 10:28am

Chappell is justified in lambasting the Pakistani team after their deplorable showing in the test series. It is painful to watch these guys and they definitely don't have the skills to compete with other international sides. I agree they should sit at home and save us the embarrassment that we are forced to witness every time these guys are touring out of subcontinent.

Hammad tirmizi Jan 12, 2017 11:58am

Mr. Ian Chappell! If you can take pride in your team being home ground bullies then why not Pakistan. What about Australian performances outside of Australia. Our team has been playing away matches since 2009. If you want us to play at home then why don't you come and play us in our home. We have been continuously playing cricket outside of home. Our team is playing outside of home for 6 months and have risen to No. 1. After 7 years of consistent performances, 1 bad series doesn't shadow their achievements. As a proud Pakistani, I am happy and very ecstatic about my teams performances in the Tests over the years. The team deserves some credit for that and 1 average series can be overlooked. No big deal!!

Sain Jan 14, 2017 04:07am

@ Masood Hussain What else is he supposed to do with our own system rotting.