Pakistan’s test skipper, Misbah Ul Haq has responded to Ian Chappell’s comments that Cricket Australia should stop inviting Pakistan unless they improve their performance.
The Australian legend told during an interview to ESPNCricinfo after Pakistan lost the third Test of the series, “Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum,” Chappell had said. “Cricket Australia have got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites’.
“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.
Misbah has replied Chappell through a column for Cricket.com.au that Australia have been vulnerable in away Test series, especially in Asia, they lost to a weak Sri Lankan team and have been beaten by Pakistan and India as well.
“Australia themselves have been on the losing side in the recent away tours. They were clean swept by a Sri Lanka side that did not have Mahela Jayawardena or Kumar Sangakkara and some of their players didn’t even have 10 Tests to their names,” he wrote.
“In the recent past they have been whitewashed by us in the UAE and in India,” the the-42 year added.
Pakistan’s most successful Test captain further questioned that if Chappell’s comments are to be believed then should Australia stop visiting Asian countries?
“If we apply Chappell’s comments to Australia, does that mean if they continue to get whitewashed on the subcontinent on a regular basis then they should also not travel there?” Misbah asked.
“The comments do not make any sense or suit a cricketer of his stature,” he said.