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Sarfaraz Ahmed is a weak leader, he became captain by accident, says Aaqib Javed

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    The Pakistan cricket team has been facing the heat ever since their disappointing 89-run loss against India in the World Cup on Sunday.

    With their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals dangling by a thread, constant criticism has flown in, not only from fans but also from former cricketers. And now Aaquib Javed has joined the chorus.

    Part of the 1992 squad that won the World Cup under the leadership of Imran Khan, Javed said the current squad is no match for the Indian players who have advanced far ahead in terms of quality.

    “India have gone far ahead of Pakistan in terms of batting, bowling, and fielding. Rohit Sharma is a seasoned, experienced and class batsman; Rahul is as good as anyone, technically sound and sharp. Then Virat Kohli… there is no match between the sides. Basically, there is a huge gulf between the skill sets of the India and Pakistan teams,” he was quoted as saying in an interview by Mumbai Mirror.

    Sarfaraz Ahmed, who made the headlines with his almighty yawn, was among the players to be lambasted heavily with former pacer Shoaib Akhtar even calling him a “brainless captain” following Sunday’s defeat. Javed called Ahmed a weak leader who has no authority over the team.

    “Since 2015, Sarfaraz has been struggling for his place in the team. He became a captain by accident as the boards make changes after every World Cup. Since the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Pakistan have done nothing… they even lost to Australia and New Zealand in the UAE. As a captain, he can’t demand anything in front of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Mickey Arthur.

    “No player is looking at Sarfaraz as a leader who will back him. There is no harmony between the coach, captain, and chief selector. Sarfaraz is very, very weak, cannot show his authority on the field and off it as well. He cannot assert himself in front of even Inzamam,” Javed added.

    Javed has enjoyed his best performances against India, including a hat-trick in 1991. He still holds the record of being the youngest player to achieve the feat. He now believes things have changed vastly from the era he competed in.

    “That was a different era. The mindset of the Indian team of that era was what the Pakistan team is having now, a defensive mindset. It was not a winning mindset. When we would play India in the 90s, we never thought that we would not beat India.

    “Things have changed. Now we can’t even imagine how Pakistan can beat India. This change has been engineered by Sourav Ganguly. He brought something different to the Indian cricket psyche. That has been carried forward by MS Dhoni and now by Virat Kohli. They have also got exposure to high-quality cricket in the IPL and they play like champions,” he added.

  2. Del

    Del Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Dec 21, 2016
    “Since 2015, Sarfaraz has been struggling for his place in the team. He became a captain by accident as the boards make changes after every World Cup,” said Javed while speaking to Mumbai Mirror in an exclusive interview. “Since the 2017 Champions Trophy final, Pakistan have done nothing… they even lost to Australia and New Zealand in the UAE. As a captain, he can’t demand anything in front of chief selector Inzamamul Haq and Head Coach Mickey Arthur.”

    The 46-year-old also had strong words for the current Pakistan fast-bowlers, while stressing on the importance of picking up wickets with the new ball.

    “They have picked players who can’t handle the new ball properly,” he said. “Mohammad Amir is a strike bowler, but he cannot take a wicket in the first 25 overs. He takes wickets when the batsmen are looking for runs.”

    He added: “Hasan Ali is a bad choice for a new ball. Wahab Riaz cannot bowl with a new ball — he needs an old ball, dry wicket because he banks on reverse-swing. He is not a good bowler for green tops and overcast conditions. He can be lethal, but he needs two good new ball bowlers.”

    The former right-arm pacer was also not too optimistic about Pakistan’s chances of making it to the semi-finals of the mega event. The Men in Green only have three points from five games during the 2019 World Cup so far.

    “Look, in Pakistan they are hopeful, but it looks like a 12-point tournament and Pakistan can’t reach 12 points. Australia are on eight points and they have two weak opponents, same goes for New Zealand. India and England are ahead of the rest and they can easily reach 12 points,” he said. “It is very clear: Australia, New Zealand, India and England. I want to see an England-India final.”

    The Sarfaraz-led unit will play their next match of the event against South Africa on Sunday, June 23 at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground.

  3. Inswinger

    Inswinger Tracer Bullet

    Mar 6, 2010
    Aqib needs to STFU. If he was so good at identifying problems and improving players then why the hell are Lahore the laughingstock of the PSL?
  4. Sultan Yusuf

    Sultan Yusuf Talented

    Sep 1, 2010
    What I hate about this is that this joker always comments on Pakistan fast bowling when it’s well known he’s destroyed so many bowlers.

    Even if we say (for arguments sake) the “action changing” is a myth, he has been around in the setup for 15 years. He’s been part of the academies, he has “helped” bowlers. The fact that we aren’t producing any bowlers is in no small part down to him. Why doesn’t he take some accountability for it rather than complaining?
  5. iho

    iho Smooth Operator

    Aug 7, 2010
    Accidental captain has so far won u19 World Cup , CT, # 1 t20 team for 3 years and psl4. Enough legacy to be proud off. He should now gracefully leave so idiots like Aquib Javed can shut up. Pakistanis are done with Sarfraz and some of it he himself is to be blamed lately.
  6. PakistanZindabad!

    PakistanZindabad! Cornered Tiger

    Sep 29, 2012
    Yeah while I think this wc and the lead up to it so far has been v bad, I think we shouldn’t forget his achievements. CT 2017 was a big win for Pakistan, he’s cemented his place in Pakistan’s cricket history. Should leave before he ruins his legacy further

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  7. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto

    ShokoTolo_LoloMoto Talented

    Apr 16, 2010
    Agreed with all the points - especially the accidental captain one.

    Also, great insight to pin point the fact that we don’t have a wicket taking new ball bowler (in this team of ultra pathetic batsmen.)
    100% agreed.
  8. Mohsin

    Mohsin Sultan of Swing

    Feb 21, 2010
    So the guy who was U19 captain...WC winnings captain (hence groomed from young days) became accidental captain...riiiiight.
  9. s_h_a_f

    s_h_a_f Moderator

    Dec 26, 2011
    Someone needs to shove a sock in these ex cricketers gobs. Most of them achieved duck all in their playing days.
  10. Mycroft Holmes

    Mycroft Holmes Banned

    Feb 5, 2014
    Everyone has 20/20 vision with hindsight. There's nothing worse than reactionary pundits....
  11. CricVet

    CricVet Youngsta Beauty

    Dec 24, 2013
    I am really annoyed by all of these comments. Some of them actually could be better players themselves had they not smoked/doped.

    No question Sarfraz has partly to be blamed for all the ODI failures since CT17, but it has not been ENTIRELY his fault, it is a colossal failure. The biggest one to blame is Mulla Inzi but the ex-players hardly ever blame their fraternity.

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