New Delhi: Pakistan fast bowler and former captain Wasim Akram targeted the struggling Misbah-ul-Haq, blaming him for the back to back defeats in two ODI series against Sri Lanka and Australia. He also urged the batsman to retire from ODI cricket if he cannot take a positive approach with the team.
In the recently concluded three ODI series against Australia, Pakistan lost first two matches under his captaincy while under Shahid Afridi Pakistan lost the final ODI in Abu Dhabi to complete a 3-0 rout.
Though Misbah will still captain the side in the upcoming two tests series in UAE which is likely to be a tough proposition.
Legendary Wasim Akram accused Misbah of not taking brave and responsible decisions for the team and he should say good bye to ODIs if he is not able to do that.
As far as ODI is concerned, Akram also said that if the vice-captain of the team is ready to take up the responsibility then Pakistan should exclude Misbah from the team.
The common complaint in international cricket is that teams play too many matches, but Akram said that Pakistan was suffering for precisely the opposite reason. He said that Australia was always favourites to win the one-day series, so he added that do not blame the Pakistan team, because they are playing so much less international cricket than other countries.
Akram said that India is playing too much cricket and so is Sri Lanka, and they are performing well. While hitting out at a lack of infrastructure and shortage of junior-level tours, Akram added that he thinks the PCB should arrange more Under-19 tours and Pakistan 'A' tours which would help groom youngsters but that is not there.