Ian Chappell tells Pakistan to improve their cricket or stay home

Published: January 9, 2017
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Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes Cricket Australia shouldn’t invite Pakistan cricket team for Test series Down Under in future until the struggling Asian side up their game significantly and provide some sort of challenge to the home side.

The visitors were whitewashed in the recent three-match Test series against the Baggy Green, and apart from the final day of the opening Test at the Gabba, they rarely threatened the hosts.

Pakistan were outplayed in every aspect of the game, disappointing those who had hoped to see a closely contested series in the light of their impressive form at their adopted home of UAE.

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Coupled with their 2-0 defeat at the hands of New Zealand, captain Misbahul Haq’s men lost all five Tests in the past two months, leading Chappell to question the wisdom of inviting a team that looks a shadow of itself on their travels.

“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 have got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites’,” Chappell, who feels Pakistan’s poor fielding at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was a sign of things to come in the rest of the series, told ESPN.

“You can’t continue to [play poor] cricket. You can’t bowl poorly, have conservative field placings and field sloppily and expect to play decent cricket in Australia,” he added.

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The 73-year-old was extremely critical of captain Misbah, saying, “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.”

When asked to comment on Misbah’s future as the skipper, Chappel said, “If I had anything to do with the selection then that will be it for Misbah as the captain, but in Pakistan they do some very strange things, so I wouldn’t bet on it.”

Pakistan’s below par showing means that Chappell feels Australia shouldn’t feel too confident about themselves as they have yet to be truly tested — something that will change on their upcoming tour of India.

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“Australia have made some improvements, but whether their performances were flattered by the way Pakistan played…we will find that out in India as that will be the big test,” concluded Chappell.

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  • Adnan
    Jan 9, 2017 - 9:50AM

    Did Ian Chappell forget 3-0 whitewash of Australian team by Misbah’s men 2014. Look at what happened to England in India. Home teams are creating pitches to their advantage. Mr. Chappell send your men to UAE or if brave enough to Pakistan and then tell who need to stay at home.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jan 9, 2017 - 10:08AM

    Not wasting my time to google and check if he said anything similar after Australian tour of UAE or recent series with South AfricaRecommend

  • Sunil
    Jan 9, 2017 - 10:44AM

    LOL .. well said.Recommend

  • Faz
    Jan 9, 2017 - 10:46AM

    There are only 10 test playing teams and you want to limit it even more, seems counterproductive to me.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Jan 9, 2017 - 10:50AM

    @Adnan:
    He is saying it in good faith. Pakistan team was much better than Australians but it disappointed in every department of the game. That is a truth and truth hurts. Recommend

  • Baig
    Jan 9, 2017 - 10:55AM

    By that logic Aus shouldn’t be anywhere near Asia.Mr. Chappell please don’t act so arrogant after all it isn’t too long ago when Misbah made the then fastest century against a team looking like it was filled with school boys.And it wont be too long before the same thing happens in India.Picking on a single team in this day and age where everyone is a lion at home and is pathetic away is stupid.Recommend

  • Yasser
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:02AM

    We Pakistanis feel the same Mr. Chappell, thank you for your advice and i hope you continue the same criticism so that men in green starts to feel ashamed, but you know our PCB, they can’t improve much thingsRecommend

  • Lodhi
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:04AM

    Those criticizing Chappell should realize that Pakistan has not won a test IN Australia for 21 years. Last time they won a test in Australia was back in 1995 (they lost the series). The last time they drew a series in Australia was in the 1970s. That’s horrendous. Now, on the other hand, in 2014, Australia lost its first series against Pakistan in Pakistan’s home conditions (although it’s UAE but still it’s home conditions) after the 1994 series! In between, they won test series against Pakistan in Pakistan in 1998 and 2002 (in Colombo/UAE). To compare Pakistan’s dismal record down under with Aussies losing in UAE in 2014 is ignorance of the highest order.
    Pakistan has been hopeless in Australia for more than 20 years now, and that is unacceptable.

    I, as a Pakistani, agree with Ian. Pakistan shouldn’t waste Cricket Australia and the Australian publics’ time. They don’t know how to play in Australia, and until they learn to do so, they shouldn’t be going down under.Recommend

  • amjad hussain
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:06AM

    Did Chappell kick the Australians team in the backside when they lost 3-0 to Pakistan in Sharjah? Or for that matter when South Africa walloped Australia in Australia? He really is getting to be grumpy old man, or maybe inviting cheap publicity! Remember his fiasco in IndiaRecommend

  • syed shafiq ul hassan
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:07AM

    Make Sense ! :) Lolx Recommend

  • Amar
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:20AM

    Thumbs up to Ian Chappell for such a brave comment! Our team deserves each bit of it, its’ been sixth Clean Sweep in ROW! Come on , they must be taking Pakistan as minnows now.
    Thanks to Australian median that they still gave the undue respect to the Pakistani team, even they knew that they will white wash them but still they kept the hype up.

    Good bye Younis and Misbah, please bring in new blood. Recommend

  • taimur
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:28AM

    Oops, is this linked to bigger picture – isolation?Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:42AM

    Pakistanis trolls suggest Australian team to come to Pakistan, like a threat.Recommend

  • Smash
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:44AM

    Well said chappelli. This is also why we need a system amongst test playing teams where bottom placed teams play against each other and improve their rankings before taking on stronger teams. Only this will keep the interest alive in tests.Recommend

  • Irtaza M. Awan
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:54AM

    Well said. I think when the team was gulping down pieces of cake post match Gabba, and tapping each other on the backs as they had climbed Mount Everest said it all. They were celebrating their defeat and an opportunity they should have availed for not in next twenty years will they get such a chance. Patehtic performance, rudderless leadership and dismal display on the field. One day and T20 are probably going to be the same or worst. As for Misbah for the first time since I have seen him play his body language should visible signs of that all too famous disease in our country called “bigger than life” syndrome.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Jan 9, 2017 - 12:00PM

    Nawaz Sharif has a thriving steel mill business but can not run Pakistan Steel. He also has great interest in the game of Cricket but failed to show any interest in ensuring systemic problems in Pak Cricket. Recommend

  • Aun
    Jan 9, 2017 - 12:01PM

    What about australia’s recent 3-0 drubbing in srilanka? And the 2-0 in dubai? Recommend

  • Ravian
    Jan 9, 2017 - 12:14PM

    While Chappell is a little bit harsh (maybe frustrated as he is a well wisher of Pakistani cricket), his criticism is not out of place. Misbah has been riding his luck, would have lost two tests to West Indies had it not been the bad luck with Windies. Misbah is not an inspirational skipper and has a very defensive approach. PCB is extremely political and the players lack the will the win. So I agree with Chappell that somebody needs to give (PCB) a kick in the bum to shake up the things. Recommend

  • HSK
    Jan 9, 2017 - 12:22PM

    I always thought of Mr. Chappal to be a thoroughbred sportsman, why did that sportsmanship went south? anyone? What took the best of him to transform into a venom spewing aggressive defense minister? Gentlemen’s game to RIP.Recommend

  • waqas
    Jan 9, 2017 - 12:32PM

    host teams are creating pitches to their advantage. Mr. Chappell send your team to Pakistan/ UAE or if brave enough to face Pakistan and then tell who need to stay at home.Recommend

  • Farooq Khan
    Jan 9, 2017 - 12:38PM

    Misbah’s time is over, too old now. Pak cricket team has low skill levels, are mentally, technically and physically weak. Then, they want to perform only if God is willing, they don’t have a will.Recommend

  • Maju Thomas
    Jan 9, 2017 - 12:53PM

    I can’t laugh. What a comment by chapel. Literally the fact.Recommend

  • tazia
    Jan 9, 2017 - 1:07PM

    Every team struggles in Australia… How many tests & series have been won by England,SA, WI, NZ, in Australia in last 20 years ? I know none by India and Bangladesh.

    Pakistan should work to improve its performance for next tour in 4- 5 years. Perhaps arranging tours of A teams, sending players to play in their domestic tournaments.Recommend

  • Farah
    Jan 9, 2017 - 1:20PM

    Very sensible comments. It had been far better had Mishab gracefully retired when Pakistan became world number one some time back in test cricket. He will now leave sooner but with painful memories. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 9, 2017 - 1:30PM

    @Farooq Khan:
    Trouble is low average IQ of team. In the good old days of Miandad, Waseem Akram and IK things were brighter all around. Either that or the opposing sides were dumber than they are today…Recommend

  • Mohd Tarique
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:17PM

    @Farah:
    Pakistan team is gud then Australia but they played in home condition

    Australia lost 3-0 in Sri Lanka recentlyRecommend

  • TV SUBRAMANIAN
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:21PM

    Australia has I think lost all their last 10 tests played in Asia so should India,Pakistan and Sri Lanka stop inviting them. Typical Ian Challenge arrogance when Australia star doing wellRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:22PM

    Ian Chappell is spot on and most of the posters are unduly criticizing him. Ian Chappell has traditionally been a vociferous supporter of Pakistan cricket but all that changed after Pakistan lost that “infamous” test at Sydney back in 2010. His scathing criticism now is that of a man who is disappointed to the core by a team he once so ardently loved, sometime even at the cost of Aussie team.

    We the the critics of our team harbor the same kind of an opinion of our team and its unprofessionalism. Why is it any denigrating if one of the legends of the game is expressing the same sentiments. Recommend

  • Hussain Raza
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:36PM

    Had Shafiq got those 37 runs in the first test, I can assure you, this old fart would be whining about Smith’s captaincy right now. Yes Misbah was quite poor in terms of handling his bowlers in Australian conditions but that doesn’t take away any credit from this superb team. He probably used his tried and tested tactics in Asian conditions in this series which failed miserably. In UAE you tell your bowlers to keep bowling the off stump line and play the waiting game with batsman making errors. But here the issue was, you got to make most of the new shine on the ball as that is when you get your wickets – you just can’t play the waiting game. Poor fields for Yasir again – defensive mindset works in Asian conditions but not on these sort of pitchesRecommend

  • israr
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:49PM

    a bit too rude when he says acb should think again before inviting pak for test series as that’s in icc hands and not Australian cricket, anyway he is spot on about misbah its his team for last 6 years and from no 1-7 everyone can count on who is batting what number and asad azhar misbah younis as regular and still … misbah has to go now and sarfaraz should be captaining the side all 3 formats its impossible to improve unless we pick talent from different levels so if you need a batsmen I agree u need to see quaid e azam trophy and Pakistan a team performances, you also need to see how spinners are doing in Pakistan but to pick fast bowlers I guess like wasim and mohammad zahid you must go in streets and local grounds and pick raw pace bowlers with legitimate bowling action, lastly ppl like najam sethi and shehriyar khan without any idea of cricket and talent must not run pcb yes u must encourage cricketers with management degree of courses to be pcb but again mohammad sami, babar azam must not be converted into another hammad azam anwar ali and bilawal bhatti plus who decides the balance of the playing 11, y Nawaz was not played on dry pitches in Australia this is pathetic from misbah and rightly noted by IAN ChappelRecommend

  • Shiva
    Jan 9, 2017 - 2:56PM

    Pakistan should come out of the bubble. India has already started preparing neutral pitches and the latest series with England had no rank turners. India’s performance has improved a great deal and if you have a problem in agreeing with that then let it be. India is not the one getting humiliated and Pakistan will continue to see more poor performances in the future. Deal with it.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Jan 9, 2017 - 3:52PM

    Like a good sportsman & with sportsman spirit, we must accept our weaknesses, as pointed out by Mr Ian Chapel. Are we the only one to bash our own team, when the going is not good ? We must accept the truth & until we do that, we will never improve. It seem that it has become part of our culture not to accept faults within ourselves even if those pointed by our own people let alone others. Recommend

  • Haider
    Jan 9, 2017 - 4:00PM

    I agree with ian if Pakistan is not good enough to play in Australia then stop inviting them but I think he forgot about Australia’s record in Asia. After the india series he will know who should tour which country. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 9, 2017 - 4:34PM

    I don’t understand why we are targeting Ian Chappell and ignoring our team’s dismal performance. Their excellent combination, talent and bragging before series fooled us we put all our money on them. Ian Chappell might be one of those who have also lost big amount. We are scratching our heads and saying nothing because we respect old dudes but Australians have no such culture.Recommend

  • Gandapouri
    Jan 9, 2017 - 5:22PM

    Ian, Despite of your record in Asia, you are still welcome. Nothing better than whitewashing Ausies.Recommend

  • Tasadiq
    Jan 9, 2017 - 5:29PM

    Pak Fans shouldn’t be upset by this criticism by IC.
    Pak Fans should be furious with their team for such debacle performances and hold them accountable.

    PCB should use this criticism as catalyst to introspect and learn from their mistakes and build a stronger team that can go out there and kick opposition assess on the field of play.

    IC is right when he says “they do some strange things in Pak” – in Pak it is all about Nepotism and corruption.Recommend

  • Amar
    Jan 9, 2017 - 6:32PM

    @Lodhi:
    Summed up brilliantly (y) Recommend

  • Giri
    Jan 9, 2017 - 7:33PM

    I fully understand Why Chapel said this. Australian Cricket Board does not want to invite sub standard team and then waste their player’s opportunities as well as monetary gains. Because who will pay money to come and see Pak play? I think at this rate Pakistan team will not be invited also by anyone else they will incur losses. The writing is on the wall for Pakistan cricket. No one is going to Pakistan and now no one will invite them either.Recommend

  • ShamelessPakistanis
    Jan 9, 2017 - 7:45PM

    @Lodhi:
    Inferiority complexed westernized pakistani.Recommend

  • M.TAUQEER
    Jan 9, 2017 - 8:13PM

    Untill we don’t change our domestic cricket, we can’t beat Australia in Australia.
    The actual responaibility goes on Pakistani Cricket Officials who don’t improve the system to compete with the team like Australia.Recommend

  • masoom
    Jan 9, 2017 - 9:00PM

    @M.S.:
    Good faith should not be in bad words!Recommend

  • azadch
    Jan 9, 2017 - 9:03PM

    i think he forget Australia vs south Africa last test seriesRecommend

  • Amir
    Jan 9, 2017 - 9:04PM

    I think he has forgotten the thrashing Pakistan has done to Aus in UAE so check the home series records for the other team before doing a talking.

    Pakistan has lost the 1st test by small margin and other two test have been won by Aus in the last session. Few sessions going in Pakistan way and results would have been completely different so wonder what he is on about !!!Recommend

  • Fiz
    Jan 9, 2017 - 10:11PM

    I second him. Long ago I suggested Pakistan should take time out from international cricket and sort themselves out.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 9, 2017 - 11:13PM

    Someone has to speak the truth…..and mostly likely he did not like saying it, but he thought it was necessary and the right thing to do.Recommend

  • Freedom
    Jan 10, 2017 - 9:21AM

    I hate to admit but I agree with this guy. It’s been a shameful act my team green. I don’t know why the team forgets to play in Australia completely. Australia treated Pakistan as if they are playing a school team. PCB needs a major shake up.Recommend

  • FAISAL IQBAL
    Jan 10, 2017 - 4:20PM

    @PCB , please promote “Merit System” and “demote Nepotism” to create powerful team for Pakistan. Recommend

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