KARACHI: Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has called on his country’s cricket board not to invite Pakistan for Test series Down Under in future unless the struggling Asian side improve their performance and provide some sort of challenge to the home side.
The Misbah-ul-Haq-led side were whitewashed in the recent three-match Test series against Australia, thus disappointing those who had hoped to see a closely-contested series in the light of Pakistan’s impressive form in the UAE.
Pakistan had struggled in all departments of the game, and apart from the final day of the opening Test at the Gabba, they rarely threatened the Australian side.
Criticising Pakistan’s inability to play competitive cricket in the tournament, Chappell warned the Misbah-ul-Haq-led side to either stop playing poor cricket or just stay at home.
“Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum. Cricket Australia have got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve, we will stop with the invites’,” Chappel told ESPN.
“You can’t continue to [play poor] cricket. You can’t bowl poorly, have conservative field placings and field sloppily and expect to play decent cricket in Australia,” he added.
The 73-year-old also slammed Misbah’s captaincy, saying that a lot of Pakistan’s struggles were because of no inspiration from the latter.
“A lot of their struggles were because they had no leadership. There was no inspiration from Misbah, so things have got to change in Pakistan,” he added.
Chappell also expressed his views on Misbah’s future as a captain. He insisted that if he would have been in selection committee then it would be an end of Misbah’s era.
“If I had anything to do with the selection then that will be it for Misbah as the captain, but in Pakistan they do some very strange things, so I wouldn’t bet on it,” he added.
Australia thrashed Pakistan by 220 runs in the third and the final dead-rubber Test to hand the visitors their 12th consecutive Test defeat Down Under. Web Desk
Story first published: 9th January 2017