Former Pakistan players blast Misbah ul Haq and team for poor show at ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Former Pakistan players blast Misbah ul Haq and team for poor show at ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Former Pakistan players blast Misbah ul Haq and team for poor show at ICC Cricket World Cup 2015:When your day starts with winning the toss and you end-up putting a dismal show of the poorest cricket that is expected from you, this is what tends to happen. The woes of the Pakistan team and its skipper Misbah ul Haq seem unending after the team suffered a humiliating defeat to the hands of West Indies today.

What was depressing and demoralizing was the fact that the team could not even give up a fight and after the fourth over of the match (Pakistan’s scorecard read 1-4) it was all about formalities for the West Indies to complete the victory.

Their fans and former cricketers are equally hurt and in disbelief watching the team they served along for years down, so low. We have seen criticism but this is much more than mere criticizing something. It is anger along with loss of faith leading to situation where clouds of hopelessness gloom over.

Here is what they actually said:

Former pacer and the Rawalpandi express Shoaib Akhtar who is a commentator with the Star Sports Network for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was quoted by Geo News saying, “I have not seen a more coward and selfish captain than Misbah, “He is not willing to bat up the order to protect the other players at a time when he needs to show inspiration. He is happy with his own runs and I don’t know what coach Waqar Younis wants. He has no game plan or direction for the team.”

Another commentator at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and former captain Rameez Raja said, “I beg of Younis. Thank you for your services to Pakistan cricket but please leave this ODI side now, “I think Younis should tell the management he should be rested. Our fielding has also been a joke but we need just one good match to get back on the winning track.”

Former Pakistan captain and the best batsman to have played in the greens’ Javed Miandad in his article on the ICC website quoted, “No matter what reasons the team management and the captain has for the two defeats in a row, the simple thing is they are not learning from their mistake.” He also added in his write up that with this crushing defeat the West Indies has rubbed salt into Pakistan’s wounds.

Mohammad Yousuf one of the better batsmen that has played for the country said, “The problems ailing our cricket will not go away unless we produce better batsmen and the management is reshuffled.”

Mushtaq Ahmed the former leg-spinner, who is a member of the coaching staff of the Pakistan team, had something to say to their most experienced batsman Younis Khan. Mushtaq said, “I think Younis made a mistake trying to prolong his ODI career in a major event like the World Cup. His presence obviously means that the team management is also under pressure to give him chances because of his past performances and seniority.”

“I just want to see him now return from the World Cup gracefully, “If the team does not have a turnaround in form people will look for scapegoats to explain the poor performance.” Mushtaq Ahmed concluded saying.

Saqlain Mushtaq another former spinner from Pakistan was also equally critical about the way this team has played their cricket. He said, “We went to pieces against a West Indies side hit by internal issues so what can we expect from this team in the remaining games?”

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