LAHROE - Former Test paceman Sarfaraz Nawaz lashed out at the team and its management for bringing bad name to the country after the disgraceful defeat at the hands of the lowly-ranked Zimbabwe. Talking to this scribe on Saturday, angry Sarfaraz said: “Skipper Misbahul Haq let down the team with his poor show. Scoring runs is not a big thing but what matters a lot is a match-winning performance which Misbah lacks badly. He should learn from Inzamamul Haq who was a great match-finisher.”
He said when seven players had gone to pavilion, Misbah should have played aggressive cricket and collect some quick runs to come close to the required target. But instead, he chose defensive strategy which once again cost the team dearly.
He felt player power in the team which was earlier uprooted by former PCB chief Ijaz Butt and after this move, the team started performing well and giving match-winning performances. “I can see player power in the team which is not only damaging the cause of cricket but also depriving young and talented players of their due to rights to get place in the playing XI. They are promoting the culture of nepotism and inducting blue-eyed players in the team the result of which is nothing but the shameful defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe. This bad culture must be discouraged and merit should be PCB and the selectors’ top priority,” he added. Sarfaraz said former cricket greats were the expert of the game who knew its ups and downs very well and had rights to criticise those who were trying to destroy the game. “Former greats are assets of the country and their suggestions and opinions are very beneficial for the betterment of the game. So no incompetent person has right to speak against them rather they must be respected for their great services for the nation and country.”
He also lashed out at interim PCB chairman Najam Sethi declared him unsuitable for the post. “It is my request to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to replace Sethi with some one who has better cricketing mind.”
He also showed concern over decline of sports in Pakistan and said that not only cricket, but also national game hockey and other sports were declining fast just because of the infightings between two rival groups who are destroying and damaging the sports just to gain their vested interests. “IPC Minister Syed Riaz Hussain Pirzada is a wise and competent person and I am hopeful he, with his sincere efforts, will surely resolve this and try his best to save the country’s sports from further decline,” Sarfaraz concluded