ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad on Wednesday expressed disappointment over Pakistan’s loss in the third ODI against England, saying the responsibility of the defeat lies with not only the captain but with the team management as well, particularly the coach Waqar Younis.
Pakistan started the series with a win against England, followed by a defeat in the the second and third ODI by 95 runs and six wickets, respectively.
Miandad alleged that the playing XI is selected keeping in view the likes and dislikes of Waqar so the responsibility of the defeat lies on his shoulders.
Minadad claimed that opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad has also been a victim of nepotism as he was not included in the ODIs because he had disciplinary issues with the coach and team management.
“My question to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee is that if Shehzad had disciplinary issues with the coach and team management than why is he included in the Twenty20s and not ODIs?” asked Miandad, while talking to APP.
Miandad refused to comment on former England captain Michael Vaughan’s statement of suspicion against Pakistan team in the third ODI. The captain had tweeted questioning the suspicious nature of Pakistan’s dismissals.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz said captain Azhar Ali and coach Waqar are responsible for the defeat in the third ODI.
Commenting on the Vaughan’s allegations, Sarfraz said Waqar was the also the coach of team when Pakistan toured England in 2010. The tour saw Pakistan’s trio of Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt being involved in a spot-fixing scandal.
“I feel Waqar should be removed and a new coach should be brought in,” he said.
Sarfraz further said Azhar should also be questioned regarding Vaughan’s allegations and an inquiry report should be conducted on priority basis.
“Coach and players need to have fear of God in them,” he added.