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Wasim Akram unhappy with attitude of former Pakistan cricketers

Wasim Akram unhappy with attitude of former Pakistan cricketers
Wasim Akram also expressed his unhappiness on selection panel's decision to drop players on disciplinary grounds.
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Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has expressed his disappointment with the attitude of a number of former players who were not prepared to apply for the post of the national coach through the proper channels.

After the resignation of Waqar Younis, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed a three-member committee consisting of Akram, Rameez Raja and Faisal Mirza to make recommendations for the next coach.

Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan refused to be interviewed by Akram and Raja as they were his juniors and stated that he will make his application to the chairman of the PCB directly.

Without mentioning Mohsin's name, Akram said that if former players have such a mentality, one cannot expect that they will do well with the Pakistan team in a coaching role.

“What sort of attitude and mindset is this?

“One former player said 'I will apply and talk directly to the chairman.'

“When you have such a mindset how can one expect them to work well with the Pakistan team?”

After much deliberations and facing rejections from Peter Moores and Stuart Law, the PCB appointed Mickey Arthur as the national coach.

Arthur has experience of coaching Australia and South Africa but Akram said that he must be given time to effect a change in Pakistan cricket.

“One should not expect him [Arthur] to bring about improvement immediately as our team is currently languishing at ninth position in the ODI rankings.

“Even he will require time to turn things around.”

Pakistan will tour England in July and will play a four-match Test series as well as the limited overs fixtures and it will be their first visit since the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

Admitting that it will be a tough tour for Pakistan, Akram said that the Pakistan batsmen will have a hard time negotiating the swinging ball in England.

“Don’t expect them [England] to prepare flat pitches for our batsmen," he warned.

“The Duke ball will seam and swing on grassy pitches and it will be a real test for our batsmen to negotiate the ball.”

The PCB recently appointed Inzamam-ul-Haq as the chief selector and the 46-year-old dropped Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad from a training camp due to disciplinary grounds.

This move did not go down well with Akram who feels that instead of dropping players, the PCB should find a way to deal with such players and get them to perform better.

“If we drop players on purely disciplinary grounds then let me tell you many of our era would not have even played for Pakistan including myself.

“I think if a player has a problem it is the job of the team management and captain to deal with it and get him to perform.”

Pakistan have won four out of their last five bilateral Test contests and have recently ascended to third in the ICC Test team rankings after the recent annual update.

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