Latif was livid with the performance of the Pakistani batsmen
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has slammed current head coach Dav Whatmore after the national team’s embarrassing 3-0 whitewashing at the hands of South Africa.
However, Latif noted that captain Misbah-ul-Haq also had to be held accountable since he was leading the squad on the field.
“Chairman, captain, vice-captain and coach all should be held accountable and it should start from the coach,” Latif told AP.
During the first Test in Johannesburg, Pakistan were utterly humiliated as they were bowled out for 49, their lowest ever total in Test cricket history.
“Seriously I was not expecting a whitewash,” Latif said. “But the way our batsmen flopped on bouncy wickets it showed there was no homework done.
“For how long are we going to complain that we can’t bat on fast seaming tracks? It’s all lame excuses. Cricket is a game of professionals and if you are picked for the national team it means you are the best to face the best in the world.”
Pakistan were only able to cross the 300 mark once in the three-Test series and Latif accused the Pakistani batsmen of “gifting” their wickets to the South African bowlers.
“We crossed the 300-run mark only once in six matches, what was the coach doing?” he added.
The former captain attributes Pakistan’s problems to the fact that they have too many different players for each format and added that the national team could become a more cohesive unit if a number of players were capable of playing all three formats.
“Our problem is that we pick too many players for all the three formats and this will not solve the problem,” Latif said. “We have to stop this practice and look for specialists in all the three formats.”
Former Pakistan left-arm seamer Nadeem Khan pointed the finger at the batsmen as well, stating that they made no effort to launch a counter-attack against South Africa’s pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.
“On bouncy wickets if you don’t play your strokes and try to disturb the line and length of fast bowlers, I’m afraid you will give chance to the opposition, that’s what exactly our batsmen did,” Khan said.