KARACHI: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar heavily criticized Pakistan cricket team for conceding a big 150-run defeat against mercurial West Indies in a World Cup match in Christchurch on Friday and said that Misbah-ul-Haq seems to be the most coward skipper in the history of Pakistan.
“He (Misbah) should promote himself up the order and lead the team from the front. It seems Misbah plays for himself and not for the team. He comes at the end when everything is lost and scores fifty sixty runs to strengthen his place, and seems least concerned about the team’s match prospects,” ‘Rawalpindi Express’ told a local news channel.
“Misbah is perhaps the most coward captain in the history of Pakistan cricket,” fumed Akhtar.
In 1992 World Cup, Pakistan was facing similar problem of top order batting collapse. It was charismatic Imran Khan, who promoted himself up the order and came at number three to help the team overcame its grey area.
“The team doesn’t look they are there to play a World Cup. They are dropping easy catches. Winning and losing is a part of the game but at least they put some resistance. Scoring only 160 runs chasing a target of over 300 runs on batting pitches is ridiculous,” he said.
“I am in India and people here are laughing on us. They are saying ‘was this the team we were fearing?’. It is very shameful and disappointing,” he lamented.