Ex- Pakistan captain Moin Khan has suggested present skipper Shahid Afridi to quit criticising his own players in public.
Afridi rapped his batsmen for Pakistan’s beat in their opening Twenty20 against New Zealand in Auckland last Sunday and then turned his guns on his bowlers after the visitors failed to a 39-run loss in the 2nd T20 game in Hamilton on Tuesday.Moin, a ex – Pakistan Test wicket-keeper, said the bowlers were below-par but was fast to add that instead of rapping them at the presentation ceremony, Afridi should talk to them in the dressing room.
“A captain should refrain from criticising his players in public because it can affect team spirit. Afridi is a very knowledgeable person and should be aware of it,” said Moin Khan.
Pakistan allowed New Zealand to post 185-7 at Seddon Park and never really came close to reaching a much-needed win to level the series. The worst performance of the day came from pacer Umar Gul, who was milked for runs by the Black Caps.
Gul, one of the most successful bowlers in the quickest format of the game, gave away 47 runs from three overs at 15.66. Fellow fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was also very costly as he gave away 42 runs from his quota of four overs.
“We were let down today by our bowlers,” said Afridi, whose team has lost in all three of its matches played on the tour so far. “I was expecting a much better performance from them but they were not able to bowl well in the match,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ramiz Raja, another former Pakistan captain, suggested that Afridi should bat down the order instead of playing as an opener. “The team needs his experience in the middle order,” he said.
Afridi has promoted himself as an opener for the T20 series against the Black Caps but has so far didn’t make much of an impact at the top of the order.