Australian legend Ian Chappell has voiced his disappointment following a dismal show by Pakistan in the recently concluded Test series against Australia, where they were whitewashed 3-0, saying the visitors should improve their game or else they should not be invited for the next tour.
Pakistan looked out of sorts during the three-match series, having failed to impress in all departments of the game largely. For them, the silver lining was in the first game at Brisbane, where they bothered the hosts with some grit and resilience, but eventually fell apart in the end.
Chappell, however, was not amused with their performance saying such sluggish attitude won’t be entertained in Australia and rather suggested them to have a reality check on their game and then make plans to tour countries outside sub-continent.
“You can’t continue to play poor cricket. You can’t bowl poorly, have conservative field placings and field sloppily and expect to play decent cricket in Australia.”
Pakistan, who drew the four-match series in England two all in July-August last year, were found wanting after suffering five consecutive losses in New Zealand and Australia combined. They have lost all last 12 games down-under, making them one of Asia’s most unsuccessful team to tour in Australia in a decade.
“Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum. Cricket Australia have got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites.”
The 73-year-old did not spare Misbah-ul-Haq either, saying he lacked the ability to lift his side resulting in a humiliating series loss. Chappell was critical while talking about Misbah’s future as the captain of Pakistan team, saying a radical shake-up is needed in Pakistan’s cricket structure and a decision on tenure as a captain must be considered.
“A lot of their struggles were because they had no leadership. There was no inspiration from Misbah, so things have got to change in Pakistan. If I had anything to do with the selection then that will be it for Misbah as the captain, but in Pakistan, they do some very strange things, so I wouldn’t bet on it”, he said.
Pakistan will face Australia in first of the five ODI’s at Gabba, Brisbane on January 13th.