Disappointed with the recently-announced Pakistan squad for the ODI series against Australia, former fast-bowler Sarfraz Nawaz has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is the Patron of the PCB, to remove chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq from the post in order to avoid ‘more agony and pain’.
The likes of Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez did not get a place in the ODI squad which has caused quite a stir in the country. Ignoring Kamran was even more baffling as the wicketkeeper-batsman has enjoyed a sizzling season with the bat in which he has scored seven centuries.
Speaking to The Nation, Sarfraz said:“I seriously consider it is chief selector’s failure, as he had made tall claims when he took over and promised merit will prevail, but where is merit? Why outstanding performers are kept away from the national team and blue-eyed enjoy all the benefits?
“These incapable persons can’t bring respect or glory for team and country. The PM must now act in the best interest of cricket and country or else nation must be prepared for more agony and pain. Results like this would continue to come and no one else but Patron will be held responsible for that as he is the one who should intervene. I hope the PM will take my and other senior cricketers advice very positively and seriously and as these persons have misguided entire nation just for their personal benefits,” he added.
Sarfraz, who is considered as one of the pioneers of reverse swing, also blasted head coach Mickey Arthur and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood for Pakistan’s dismal performance in recent months. Misbah-ul-Haq’s men have now lost five Tests in a row and Sarfraz feels poor bowling is responsible for Pakistan’s woeful performances.
“It was bowling, which gave victories to Pakistan. Wahab Riaz was bowling pretty much well in the recent past but ever since Azhar was brought in as bowling coach, he is almost finished. He is not only bowling wayward deliveries but he is committing a crime by bowling no balls, which are unacceptable. The entire bowling attack looks completely different to what we had witnessed in the past. Aamir, Sohail are nowhere near to what was expected from them. Aamir was rushed into the squad by Sethi terming him the match winner. He even went on to claim that without Aamir, Pakistan fast bowling is dead but now after watching him playing for a year, instead of improving Aamir’s downslide continues unabated,” said that 68-year old.
He also slammed Yasir Shah for his failure to perform overseas. The leg-spinner, who was the No. 1 bowler in Tests just a few months ago, has taken just six wickets in two matches in the ongoing series.
“Yasir must understand every time he won’t get UAE tracks. The way he flopped miserably in England, New Zealand and Australia, showed he is not a bowler team can depend on. Misbah, Younus also looked completely off-coloured. It is high time Misbah and Younus should hang their boots instead of being liabilities for the team and pave way for the younger lot. Only Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali played with some maturity while others were complete failures,” Sarfraz concluded.