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Ul-Haq and Whatmore have become an unpopular pair amongst the Pakistan cricketing community
Many former Pakistan players have demanded an end to the Misbah-ul-Haq and Dav Whatmore regime, stating that it is time for a new change in leadership and coaching staff as well.
Shoaib Akhtar, who used to be Pakistan’s pace spearhead, called ul-Haq “a spiritless captain” who is doing nothing more than “hurting the team and our cricket”.
“Misbah is a spiritless captain and that is hurting the team and our cricket,” Akhtar told Geo News. “I don’t think there is any justification now for the board to retain him any further atleast in one-day matches.”
Ex-skipper Mohammad Yousuf also blames ul-Haq for the failures of the national team and the overall state of disarray Pakistan cricket is in.
“I would hold Misbah responsible for the losing mentality we have developed in one-day cricket,” he said. “He has not done good to the team. There is a need to bring in new faces and a new leadership.”
Former captain Rashid Latif believes that relationships between team-mates are becoming fragile, which had led to the emergence of “groupings”.
“I say this with experience in the past whenever we had an atmosphere of groupings we lost but when we were one and played as a unit we could beat anyone,” Latif said.
Latif also slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for interfering in selection matters.
“People are not fools, [that’s the] way they are treating Asad Shafiq despite his performances,” Latif added. “There is no justification for playing Sohail Tanvir and Umar Amin yesterday. You can see the signs that all is not well in the team. We need to clean up this system.”
Yousuf noted that former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq or Australia opening batsman Justin Langer were the two best candidates to replace Whatmore as head coach.
“In Pakistan, coaches with little international experience themselves never succeed,” Yousuf said. “You need coaches for our team people like Inzamam or Langer who have played lot of cricket for their country and know what top cricket is all about. Tell me how many coaches with little international experience have been successful at the top level.”
Akhtar finished off by saying that ul-Haq was to blame for the defensive and hostile team culture.
“We need to bring in honest, sincere and dedicated people into our system and management,” Akhtar said. “People with narrow minds and personal agendas are ruining our cricket at every level and this culture is now visible in the team as well.
“Players are only worried about getting into the team and than about earning money and are not playing for personal and national pride.”