Ian Chappell’s Comments Do Not Make Any Sense, Says Misbah-ul-Haq
Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has lashed out at Ian Chappell for his comments over the visitors’ performance in the recent Test series against Australia. Chappell, who was interviewed by ESPNCricinfo post the whitewash at Sydney, went on to apparently state that Australia shouldn’t invite teams like Pakistan, who provide no competition or fight in a Test series. Chappell added that such one sided series aren’t an ideal advertisement for the game of cricket.
Chappell used Pakistan’s atrocious record Down Under to second his statement, as the team has now lost 12 consecutive Tests in this part of the globe. “Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum,” Chappell said. “Cricket Australia have got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites.”
Responding sharply to the criticism emerging from the outspoken commentator, Misbah states that Australia should consider their own overseas record, citing their recent whitewash in Sri Lanka as an example. Misbah makes a valid point here, as Australia have been whitewashed by Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India on their previous tours.
“Australia themselves have been on the losing side in the recent away tours,” Misbah mentioned. “They were clean swept by a Sri Lanka side that did not have Mahela Jayawardene or Kumar Sangakkara and some of their players didn’t even have 10 Tests to their names.”
“Then Australia lost the one-day international series 0-5 in South Africa. In the recent past they have been whitewashed by us in the UAE and in India. If we apply Chappell’s comments to Australia, does that mean if they continue to get whitewashed on the subcontinent on a regular basis then they should also not travel there? And if Australia does not travel to Asia or the Asian teams do no travel to Australia then how are they going to improve?,” he concluded.
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