Misbah is coward, selfish: Akhtar

Misbah is coward, selfish: Akhtar

Former pacer lashes out at Pakistan team after the defeat

Misbah is coward, selfish: Akhtar

 Former paceman Shoaib Akhtar labelled captain Misbah-ul-Haq “a coward” and “a selfish player” after Pakistan were crushed by 150 runs by West Indies in the World Cup on Saturday.

“I have not seen a more coward and selfish captain than Misbah,” the 39-year-old Akhtar told the Geo News TV channel. “He is not willing to bat up the order to protect the other players at a time when he needs to show inspiration.

“He is happy with his own runs and I don't know what coach Waqar Younis wants. He has no game plan or direction for the team,” added the man known as the Rawalpindi Express, who won 46 Test caps and played in 163 one-day internationals.

Misbah, 40, has been a successful Test captain since taking charge in 2010 and has also led the one-day squad since 2011.

He batted at number five against West Indies in Christchurch on Saturday but made only seven as Pakistan were bowled out for 160 to slump to their second straight defeat in the competition.

Former Test captain Ramiz Raja also believes it is time for senior batsman Younis Khan to step down after failing in the opening two World Cup matches.

“I beg of Younus. Thank you for your services to Pakistan cricket but please leave this ODI side now,” said Ramiz.

“I think Younis should tell the management he should be rested. Our fielding has also been a joke but we need just one good match to get back on the winning track.”

Another former captain Mohammad Yousuf called for wholesale changes to be made after the World Cup.

“The problems ailing our cricket will not go away unless we produce better batsmen and the management is reshuffled,” Yousuf said.

Former Test spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was also scathing in his criticism.“We went to pieces against a West Indies side hit by internal issues so what can we expect from this team in the remaining games?,” said Saqlain.

Fans carry out fake funeral

Pakistani cricket fans in Multan held a mock funeral for their national cricket team on Saturday after a record-shattering World Cup defeat at the hands of the West Indies.

Residents of the city organised a symbolic funeral procession, replete with a coffin with several cricket bats placed over it, directing their anger at the Pakistani national team after a poor start to the tournament that has also seen it defeated by arch-rivals India.

"This time we were really hoping for Pakistan to win," Shama Bibi, one of those taking part, told AFP.

"We don't want to watch this anymore."Another demonstrator blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board for what she said were poor selections and politicisation of the game.

Cricket fans elsewhere in the country, meanwhile, staged their own protests to show their frustration with the national side.

Pakistan, winners of the 1992 World Cup, now sit at the bottom of Pool B and will resume their faltering campaign against Zimbabwe in Brisbane on March 1.

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