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Akram & Raja slam Pakistan batting

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Pakistan's dismal performance in the ICC Champions Trophy has not gone down well with many - including former Paksitan captains Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja. 

The pair termed the side's batting line up as 'spineless' and stated that it was time to rebuild the team.

Pakistan lost all three group matches of the tournament and were elminated. The side failed to complete an innings and fell for less than 200 runs on every occassion. Apart from skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq everyone else came under fire. He was the only player who scored two half centuries against South Africa and West indies.

Akram stated: "What has really concerned me is that we could not play out our full quota of overs in even one match. The batting generally has been spineless and shameful. This is not the way to play in a top tournament. I think it is time changes were made in the team and youngsters were given proper chances to establish themselves.

For too long we have been relying on the same players who have failed us again and again."

On Misbah's performance and his place in starting XI, Akram was quite appreciative and said: "I don't see any threat to his future. He was your only batsman to play the way other players should have played. I can say if Misbah had not scored runs on the tour this team the way it batted could have even been bowled out for totals of 30 or more."

The former great also lashed out on Muhammed Hafeez who is being ear marked as the next Captain of the Asian side by selectors. Akram bluntly added: "I don't think Misbah should be changed as captain. Hafeez is just not mature enough or ready for this job. They call him professor and all that but first he must prove himself by being a match winner for Pakistan in the big matches, then consider him as future captain."

Rameez Raja called for tough decisions to be made: he said."I was appalled and sad by the way our batsmen performed. For too long our bowlers have put their hands up and supported the batsmen. Unfortunately there is no balance between the two in our team and that is the major problem,"

"We must learn from India. For the first time in my life I was sure this Indian team will beat us. I am sad by the indifferent and irresponsible attitude of some of the players. The time has come for changes and a new team to be rebuilt."

He added that Pakistan's entire cricket structure needed to be revamped with special focus on domestic cricket competitions.

"The unfortunate part is that we have focused only on quantity not quality in our domestic cricket and the result is no one takes it seriously neither is it producing the quality players we had in the past," he said.

The former batting legend for Pakistan also took a swipe at the Pakistan Cricket board and said "honest administrators were also required to revamp Pakistan cricket's structure with hard and honest decisions in line."

 

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