‘I am disappointed with Misbah’s captaincy’, says Shoaib Akhtar

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“He is not aggressive, innovative, slow to read the situation and not able to inspire the other players”

Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has announced that he is “disappointed” with captain Misbah-ul-Haq since he has been unable to inspire or motivate the national team.

“I am disappointed with Misbah’s captaincy, he is not aggressive, innovative, slow to read the situation and not able to inspire the other players,” Akhtar told Geo News.

Akhtar added that Pakistan needed a captain like the legendary Imran Khan if they were serious about turning their fortunes around.

“Imran was not a better batsman then Misbah but yet on so many occasions he came up the order, scored runs under pressure and won matches for his country,” Akhtar said. “I don’t see that happening with Misbah. He is scoring runs but what use are they if the team is not winning.”

The former pace spearhead was also disgusted with Pakistan’s performance in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, in which they currently trail the Proteas 2-1.

“I don’t see any move from Misbah to take charge and read the situation well,” he said. “He is not aggressive and waits for things to happen. He is slow to react and I don’t see any planning in the selection.

“The way the batsmen have played so far in this series on pitches that suit them is shameful and I don’t know what they are thinking. They need to get out of their shells and be more open chested and attacking. They need to attack more and take charge.

“In the last match we didn’t see this body language even though we got a good opening stand.”

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