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Shoaib Akhtar makes shocking comments about Mickey Arthur

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar lashes out at Pakistan cricket head coach Mickey Arthur after the side’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Australia in the ongoing One Day International (ODI) series.

Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar firmly believes that Mickey Arthur doesn’t have what it takes to be head coach of the national team.

Akhtar’s comments come after Pakistan’s dismal tour of South Africa and their series loss in the ongoing ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.

“Mickey Arthur does not have the capacity or the capability to be a coach,” said Akhtar, while talking to local media.

Mickey Arthur doesn’t have what it takes to be head coach of the national team, believes Shoaib Akhtar.

The former speedster, who is known for his outspoken statements, also urged skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to play his role in players’ selection. “I have been saying it for years that Sarfraz should take the charge… he should himself pick Umer Khan and Musa Khan,” he added.

“Did Imran Khan ever allow the selection committee to touch his team? The results of that are there for all to see.”

Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has advised young seamer Mohammad Hasnain to change his length while bowling in ODIs.

Hasnain made his international debut in the ongoing ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates after excelling in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he took 12 wickets in seven games for the Quetta Gladiators at an average of 17.58.

Mohammad Hasnain receiving Pakistan’s green cap from head coach Mickey Arthur. Photo: PCB

However, Akhtar noted that Hasnain needs to remove himself from the Twenty20 frame of mind as bowlers need to have different approaches to the shortest format and ODI cricket.

“Mohammad Hasnain is still bowling four overs in his mind (talking about Hasnain giving away 50 runs in five overs in the third ODI against Australia), but this is how he will learn after being hit for runs,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by PakPassion.

“I wasn’t expecting miracles from Hasnain in the first place; he is inexperienced, and he needs to learn that the length required for One-Day is different [than] the style of bowling in T20s. He needs to know that this isn’t PSL; here the batsmen take time and will negate your tactics as a bowler.”

Earlier, ex-captain Ramiz Raja had also questioned the cricket team’s experimentation policy and he was of the view that the cricket team failed in all departments during the ODI series.

“Pakistan should get this series out of their system as soon as possible, after the nothing positive happened for the team in this series, many pundits are also thinking what Pakistan got from this experimentation,” said Raja, at Ramiz Speaks.

With the home series already lost, Pakistan would aim to restore some pride in the remaining two ODI’s scheduled to played on March 29 and 31 at Dubai.

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