Sohail, Inzi attribute defeat to poor decision-making
RE Pakistans shocking defeat in the Sydney Test against Australia has the entire nation seething in anger with former players on Thursday demanding sacking of captain Mohammad Yousuf, coach Intikhab Alam and even cricket board chief Ijaz Butt.
The aftermath of the 36-run defeat could be sensed from the fact that it also prompted a statement from the Presidential spokesman who appealed for calm and patience from everyone.
The appeal, however, did little to placate angry former players like Inzamam-ul Haq, Aamer Sohail, Moin Khan and Rashid Latif and administrators, who demanded that heads should roll.
Former Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf felt it was embarrassing to lose a match after dominating the first three days and said Yousuf should be stripped of captaincy.
What happened in the Test was so embarrassing. It made a complete mockery of Pakistan cricket and the entire team management. The captain should be fired for it, Ashraf demanded.
Also training the guns on the coach, Ashraf said, If Yousuf was not right in his cricketing decisions there was also the team management led by coach, Intikhab Alam which could have guided him into changing his strategy.
Ex-captain Moin Khan held a similar view and felt both Yousuf and Alam were to be blamed for the debacle.
I dont know what happened but I think even if Yousuf was not thinking right and his strategy was wrong after the first half an hour, the support staff including coach Intikhab Alam should have sent out a message to him to change his strategy, Moin said.
Former pacer Sarfraz Nawaz also lashed out at the senior members of the side and demanded axing of the entire team management.
I think the selectors now need to give more opportunities to younger players so that we can move ahead. This management needs to be sacked as they are unable to provide proper support to the players, he said.
Former captain Aamer Sohail was baffled by Yousufs captaincy Down Under.
It is beyond comprehensions what he was trying to do by sending around seven to eight fielders to the boundary ropes early on in the day at a time when he should have attacked both batsmen with the second new ball, Sohail wondered.
Even former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, a close Yousuf friend who allegedly orchestrated behind-the-scenes movements to oust Younus Khan and elevate Yousuf, found it difficult to support the team.
I believe that deserving players should be given the chance and the management and players must all stand up and play their roles in the team, said the former skipper.
Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar, meanwhile, told the media in Islamabad that losing was part of the game and people should maintain their calm.
Winning and losing are parts of the game. The loss, no doubt, was disheartening and calls for greater effort on the players part in the future to win crucial fixtures, Babar said.
The President is also the chief patron of the board and directly appoints the PCB Chairman.
The PCB initially played down the defeat but their statement today made it clear that the Board itself was not taking it lightly.
Former captain Rashid Latif, himself a top class keeper, slammed Akmal for dropping catches and said he didnt deserve to be in the Test team.
The wicketkeeper is the backbone of any team and his performances are crucial. I think it is time to give other deserving players a chance in the Test team, he said.