Wasim Akram calls for 'drastic steps' after Pakistan's humiliation

Comprehensive defeat to old rivals India is blamed on batsmen 'who fell like cards'

Former Pakistan Test captains Wasim Akram and Zaheer Abbas have criticised the current set-up of the national team, calling for "drastic" changes after their dismal performance in the Champions Trophy. Pakistan lost all three of their fixtures, failing to score more than 170 in any match.

All-rounder Akram, who played in 104 Tests between 1985 and 2002, said he was surprised to see Pakistan struggling on a batting-friendly wicket at Edgbaston in the defeat to India by the Duckworth-Lewis method on Saturday. He was also concerned that the younger players are not performing to a good enough standard.

"Our batsmen fell like a pack of cards," Akram said. "Someone has to be brave enough and prepare young cricketers when seniors are not performing."

Last month Akram trained Pakistan's bowlers at a camp in Karachi and spent a few days with the squad when the team gathered before the start of the competition. But, after watching senior batsmen like Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal faltering in England, Akram said changes needed to be made.

"I don't know if there is lack of ability in our players or there's some psychological problem, but drastic steps should be taken," he said.

Former batsman Abbas, who scored 274 against England in only his second Test in June 1971, criticised the shortage of quality batsmen in the squad and admitted there was an absence of role models in the team.

"The way I see it our poor batting performances in recent years can be put down to the fact that we are not producing role models for the new players," he said. "We need to think about how to revamp the system to produce quality players. I don't think any coaching will help until we get players of the highest calibre."

It was only the second time Pakistan have ended an ICC tournament without winning a match: the only other time was in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1998.

Coach Dav Whatmore insisted there was no underlying problem but did admit they had not scored anywhere near enough runs in the tournament. "We thought we had a decent build-up but it wasn't to be," Whatmore said. "I am sure there will be every effort to put it right next time."

Pakistan's next international assignment is a five-match one-day series and two Twenty20 matches in the West Indies next month.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
Life and Style
The veteran poverty campaigner Sir Bob Geldof issues a stark challenge to emerging economies at the Melbourne HIV/Aids conference
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich talk Penguins of Madagascar at Comic-Con
comic-con 2014Cumberbatch fans banned from asking about Sherlock at Comic-Con
Arts and Entertainment
Chris Pratt stars in Guardians of the Galaxy
filmGuardians Of The Galaxy should have taken itself a bit more seriously, writes Geoffrey Macnab
Sir Chris Hoy won six Olympic golds - in which four events?
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform