Shoaib Akhtar slams Pakistan cricket Coach
The former cricketer had claimed that he inherited a T20 side that was already on a decline after Pakistan lost the series against England 2-1. As it is, Misbah has faced severe criticism as in his reign, in the past 12 months, Pakistan has won two Tests and lost three, won two ODIs and only three T20Is, out of 12 played.
Akhtar in his quintessential style went on to say that Misbah shouldn’t make excuses and take the onus upon himself.
“Honest and strong people don’t complain but take decisions. If I had been in his place, I would have said that it is my fault, I will set it right. That is the straight point. He should have said that what had happened earlier or not happened is left behind, and now that I am at the job, I will improve things,” Akhtar told Geo TV.
“Playing around here and there is probably Misbah but this is not me. I am not like that. Whatever has happened, now that you are there, you need to say with confidence that you are there now, you will see how to set things right,” he added.
When Misbah was appointed Pakistan coach, they were the top-ranked side in the T20Is and now have slipped to number 4. While in the Tests, they are struggling at no 7.
Shoaib Akhtar Recalls The Worst Thing He Did to MSD
Shoaib Akhtar reviewed the time he had intentionally tossed a beamer at Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The former Indian captain was in his peak form and had just hit Akhtar three boundaries in a single over. The pressure was developing and the fast bowler attempted to agitate him by bowling the beamer. The ball went for a wide eventually and the Pakistan cricketer has lamented the move from that point onwards.
“I think I had bowled an eight-nine over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologized to him,” Akhtar said in Hindi.
Saying that it was the first time he had thrown a beamer “purposely”, Akhtar said, “I shouldn’t have done it. I regretted it a lot”.