The days after Ian Chappell asked Cricket Australia to end inviting Pakistan for tournaments, former Pakistan speed bowler Shoaib Akhtar hit back at the former cricketer of the Australian team for his remark.
Criticizing Pakistan for their incapacity to play aggressive cricket in a newly concluded Test series on Australia mud, the 73-years-old former cricketer said that Cricket Australia should end inviting Pakistan for tournaments unless they get better their performance.
Chappell, who feels Pakistan’s as weak in fielding at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, was a sign of things to come in the rest of the series. Chappell said to ESPN that “Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody’s got to give them a kick up the bum. Cricket Australia has got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites.”
Respond to his comment; Akhtar tweeted from his official account that “Pak lacked grit: Chappell. I agree but not comin 2 Australia no remedy. England never won World Cup but doesn’t mean dey shudn’t participate.”
The 41-years-old wrote again to Chappell that it was the similar team which drew a series 2-2 against Alastair Cook’s men in England last year. “Agree partially wid @ianchappelli dat Pakistan lacked grit but the same team drew 2-2 vs England less dan an year ago.”
Chappell was very critical of Misbah’s captaincy after Pakistan lost a three-match series at 0-3 aginst Steve Smith-led Australia. “A lot of their struggles were because they had no leadership. There was no inspiration from Misbah, so things have got to change in Pakistan.”
Australia defeated Pakistan by 220 runs in the third Test, giving them their 12th consecutive Test loss in Australia.