'Shoaib Malik not an intelligent captain'
Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has lashed out at his successor Shoaib Malik for playing "games" with senior players and for not treating them with respect.cricket Updated: Nov 04, 2008 11:22 IST
Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has lashed out at his successor Shoaib Malik for playing "games" with senior players and for not treating them with respect.
In an unusually candid comments on Malik's captaincy who is already under fire from some quarters, Inzamam said on a talk show hosted by Rameez Raja on 'Geo Super' channel that he didn't think Malik was an intelligent leader.
"He may be an organised and intelligent cricketer but I can't say the same thing about his captaincy," Inzamam said, adding that several senior players had complained him about Malik's behaviour towards them.
"He has not been fair with senior players and has let them down on several occasions. He has not been open and honest with them and they have conveyed their unhappiness to me," Inzamam added.
Regretting that he had strongly supported Malik's selection in Pakistan team while he was captain, Inzamam said, "It is very unfortunate the way Malik has handled his responsibilities as a captain and relations with senior players who need to be treated with respect."
Sources also attributed the shock decision of Mohammad Yousuf to defect to Indian Cricket League to his unhappiness with the way the team management and board had dealt with him since Malik became captain.
Leg spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed on the same show said captaincy was about man-management more then anything else.
"Any captain to be successful must be very good at man management that is what I have seen from the best captains I have played under. A captain needs to support the players in trying circumstances," the former Test spinner said.
Malik's captaincy is due to be reviewed by PCB later this month as his current term runs out on December 31.