Why has Mahmood lashed out at Pakistan’s former players?

Azhar Mahmood lashes out at former Pakistan players for constantly criticising national team World Cup cricket

Azhar Mahmood (right): “If the team isn’t playing good then criticize on cricket, but personal attacks aren’t good”

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Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has lashed out at the former players who constantly criticise the national team.

Pakistan are currently on an 11-game losing streak, which is their longest in ODIs.

They were thrashed in their World Cup opener against the West Indies, where they were skittled out for 105 after being put in to bat first.

Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the top scorers as they both made 22 runs, while Wahab Riaz chipped in with a quickfire 18 at the end.

Mohammad Hafeez was the only other batsman to reach double figures as he made 16.

Chasing just 106 to win, the West Indies cruised to a seven-wicket win with 218 balls to spare.

With Pakistan playing against England in Nottingham on Monday, Mahmood urged the ex-players to support the men in green rather than lambasting them.

“The former players have played with us in the past and we know that what they were and what they’ve been through. If the team isn’t playing good then criticize on cricket, but personal attacks aren’t good,” Mahmood was quoted as saying by Geo.tv. “I just request all that this is your team and you all must back this team. Today the team is struggling but good times will come. These were the same players who won the Champions Trophy.

“They have the ability to score, but we also have the ability in our bowling line-up. We have the ability, we have the skills and InshaAllah we will [show] that.”

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