Pakistan lost to club-level bowling: Rameez Raja

Published: Sep 15, 2013, 01:49 IST | Agencies

Former Pakistani cricketers have called for the sacking of captain Misbah-ul-Haq and coach Dave Whatmore after they slumped to a shock defeat to Zimbabwe in the second Test at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Pakistan slipped to number six in the ICC Test rankings after the drawn Test series against Zimbabwe. The 24-run defeat in the final Test has led to a lot of backlash in the Pakistan cricket fraternity.

Rameez Raja
Rameez Raja

“Pakistan cricket has hit rock bottom and we need to rethink our strategies and cricket priorities,” former pacer Shoaib Akhtar was quoted by PTI. 

Former captain Rameez Raja called for Misbah to be changed as captain. “I think Misbah has given all he could to Pakistan cricket as captain. There is now a predictability and staleness in the cricket we are playing.

This is the right time now to have a new captain and introduce some new players because we can’t do worse then this,” he said.

“This defeat is very disappointing and it is very frustrating to see our team losing to a side whose bowling, honestly speaking, is not more than club-level stuff. It is a shameful happening for Pakistan cricket,” Rameez said.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq leaves the field after losing the second Test to Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday. Pic/AFP

“Our batting is just going down day by day and there is no quality or resilience in it. If our batsmen can’t score in helpful conditions against such a bowling attack, what can we expect when we play South Africa next month,” he added.

Mushtaq Ahmed said the defeat shameful. “All I can say is this bunch of players just don’t have in them to do well. After the days we have seen, it hurts to see our cricket in this state.

Our cricket needs to be given fresh direction,” he said. Mushtaq said he was disappointed that Whatmore has not produced the goods. Pakistan had also lost an ODI in the three-match series.

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