Pakistan’s former fast bowling star and more famously known as the Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar is happy with the decision to make South African Mickey Arthur as head coach of Pakistan cricket team and believes that the former South African and Australian coach should be given a time span of 8 months to prove his worth or else he should be shown the door.
“But I think in eight months time we will know whether he will make a difference or go like others before him. Because in this period we play some very important series and either he will reshape the way we play our cricket or decide to bid goodbye,” Akhtar said according to Press Trust of India.
“Arthur has a reputation of being a disciplinarian and innovative coach and Pakistan cricket needs both but he has to decide when and where to draw the line,” Akhtar said on a local television channel.
“Arthur has all the credentials to change the attitude and mindset of our players the way they play top cricket. So I am hopeful.”
Pakistan Cricket Board decided to drop Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal from the training camp due to some performance and discipline related issues and Shoaib Akhtar thinks that the duo have brought this upon themselves and they must now wait for another opportunity in order to prove themselves.
“For a long time we have all backed them, appreciated and encouraged their undoubted talent but while others who started with them have moved on to become top performers for their country we are yet to see the best from them.”
“I believe it is important for players to be relaxed on non-match days but what matters is you perform when required.”
Arthur was heavily criticized for calling the fifth and final ODI match between Pakistan and South Africa in Lahore during 2007 as a fixed but Shoaib Akhtar brushed aside all such accusations and termed them as rubbish.
“I played in that match and I took four wickets. I was at the non-strikers end when our wickets fell. We just played badly under pressure. Because if there had been anything fishy going on believe me I would have dealt with such players myself,” Shoaib Akhtar said.