Pakistan news May 21, 2011

Akram questions Misbah appointment

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain, has questioned the PCB's decision to appoint 36-year-old Misbah-ul-as Haq as the limited-overs captain in place of Shahid Afridi, saying the move is "at best a stop-gap arrangement."

"The present Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is on the wrong side of 30 and I don't see him leading the side beyond six to eight months", Akram told Mobile ESPN on Friday . Earlier this week the PCB decided to hand Misbah the reins for the two ODIs against Ireland at the end of the month, but chose not to offer a reason for the move. It is likely, however, that the decision came after the board decided they had had enough with Afridi's penchant for awkward public statements. The latest situation arose when Afridi returned from the Caribbean and hinted at unhappiness with coach Waqar Younis over matters of selection.

Out of 34 ODIs, Afridi had won 18 and lost 15; a stretch which included tough series against England and South Africa, and took Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, and Akram believes those results mean it was wrong to sack Afridi over such "trivial matters".

"Arguments between captains and coaches are not new in Pakistan cricket," Akram said. "Afridi was hailed as a national hero after the World Cup, and came back from the West Indies after winning the ODI series only to find out he has been sacked. What is the PCB up to?

"It is a wrong step taken by PCB, and only [chairman] Ijaz Butt is to be blamed for this. In Pakistan, the coach wants all the power and when it doesn't happen, the fight begins."

Akram was not the only one critical of the board's decision. Abdul Qadir, former Pakistan legspinner, felt the board should not have been so quick to change captains. "Afridi should also be careful in giving media statements," he told PTI. "But the fact is changing the captaincy is a cricketing decision and this one is not a sagacious one. Dropping Afridi as captain and retaining him in the side to play under Misbah appears a bad move," he said.

And former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said the PCB was to blame and called for the government to intervene. "Players are the ones who bring in money for the board and attract people to the sport. Afridi didn't commit a crime if he spoke about problems he was facing as captain. Instead of listening to him the board sacked him as captain this is unjust and unfair and the government should take notice of this."

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  • Saim on May 24, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Thank you wasim bhai he has voiced exactly what i had been saying.

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    can only pray for the good luck of cricket.

  • Arikh on May 23, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Whats wrong with Wasim if Misbah becomes captain when Warne can play cricket at 43 years of age ? Hayden , Hussey Played their best cricket after 30 so does Misbah. Now tell me in this PAK team who is the most consistent performer since last one year ? What is required to be a captain of a cricket team ? Handsome Look ? Inconsistent Character and statement ? Inconsistent performance with bat ? Loosing temper in a semi final match after a missed chance ? or a cool gentle head who can lead by example ?. This guy ,a mature educated person , was missing from PAK team for a long time. I still remember those days, when pakistan cricket offered some of the most articulate cricketer to world cricket. They had self respect , confidence and courage to win. Now this team containing a bunch of young minds , need a cool patient head to guide them so that they can play without fear of doing mistakes and with responsibility to serve the nation.

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    good luck PCB! your doing your job fully to ruin pakistan cricket

  • Raghavendra on May 23, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    jai ho PCB & BUTT. god save PAK CRICKET

  • Vijay on May 23, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Good decision....I can't imagine someone who takes a catch or a wicket throws his both arms up in air as if he is the king of the world could be a long term captain for the team...Captaincy is all about showing grace and poise and lead by example qualities....seems they had enough of his (Afridi's) antics.

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Amazing decision by PCB. I mean- do they really want the Pakistan team to win matches? If Afridi is guilty of making the statement- fine him and carry on. How can a world cup here be a villain overnight?

  • Nitin on May 23, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    how about a non-playing captain as waqar :P

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2011, 19:15 GMT


  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    This is the typical habit of incompetant PCB staff that they make captain of team the player whcih is felt as a barden of team :(

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