Pakistan's former captain Javed Miandad has advised senior players to take a break from the game to come out of bad patches in international cricket.
Miandad, the Pakistan Cricket Board's Director (Cricket) and the batting consultant of the national and junior teams, told reporters in Lahore that he believed that if a senior player was struggling for form the best way to overcome was to take a break.
"I think the best way to come out off a bad patch is to take a break for a while and go back to the basics. This happened to me when I was playing and I have seen it happening to many other great players. But a break is essential to prolong your career," he said.
Miandad didn't take names but was apparently pointing out to senior players like Misbah-ul-Haq, Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal who flopped at crucial times in the recent Test and one-day series in Sri Lanka which were both lost.
Miandad, who was rated as Pakistan's top batsman in his 124-Test career that spanned nearly 20 years and six World Cups, said there was no doubt that Pakistan's batsmen had failed to respond to the challenge and succumbed to pressure on the recent tour of Sri Lanka.