Pakistan’s legends Wasim Akram and Shoaib Malik criticized Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur for his role. However, it is worth mentioning that Micky Arthur is currently in the news for his wrong actions and comments.
After Pakistan lost to India on October 14, 2023, by 7 wickets, Micky made a strange comment to defend himself and the team from criticism. Micky made a bizarre claim that he couldn’t hear enough “Dil Dil Pakistan” chants in Ahmedabad and criticized the ICC World Cup as a “BCCI event”.
However, Wasim Akram didn’t agree with Micky’s opinion and said that the chants they all wanted to hear but every time it were not possible, especially when Pakistan was playing in India and Micky must understand the reality.
Wasim Akram Also Lash Out on Foreign Coaches’ Liability:
Wasim Akram also hit hard the Pakistan Cricket Board for their blind trust in foreign cricket coaches. He said, “If you like a foreign coach, you can appoint him. But it’s a job and he is being paid handsomely.” Wasim demanded that like any other corporate job, coaches must have fixed schedules and holidays. Akram criticized Micky as he took a break after every tour ended and again rejoined just before the next series. According to the 57-year-old Pakistan legend, it is nothing but a nice way to fool everyone.
Shoaib Malik Agrees Wasim Akram:
However, Shoaib Malik agreed with the opinion of Wasim Akram. Shoaib added that when Pakistan recruits a foreign coach, they must make sure the coach brings his entire team of batting, bowling coaches, and physios who will work for Pakistan. The coach should work from the bottom of the pyramid to the top.
According to Shoaib Malik, recruiting foreign coaches is never a fixed solution to the problem. Instead, the 41-year-old allrounder suggests recruiting Pakistani coaches instead and giving them a longer tenure. It’ll help in better communication and convey messages directly.