FORMER PAKISTAN skipper Wasim Akram feels the recent captaincy controversy wherein Younis Khan quit in a huff only to be reinstated a few days later will have an impact on the team’s performance in the Champions Trophy.
Akram said the Pakistan team had got into the habit of sparking off controversies before big events nowadays.
“They are consistent at creating controversies. Younis Khan should have sorted things out, instead of raising such a hue and cry at a Press conference.”
“I, too, had similar experiences as skipper, but I managed the boys well,” said Akram, adding, “Younis has to change his attitude. Instead of getting angry, he should discuss matters with the players. The skipper should know man management to keep everyone happy.”
To a question, Akram didn’t blame the ICC for taking ‘biased’ action against cricketers of the sub-continent in the name of discipline. But he said that match referees should be more careful.
While Akram didn’t comment on the Inzamam-Hair issue, he said the match referee took no action following Australian skipper Ricky Ponting’s show of dissent in the triangular series in Kuala Lumpur.
“Cricket boards of the sub- continent should be more aggressive in handling issues with the ICC. It is because of us that cricket is so popular in the world,” added the left-arm bowling great.
He criticised India coach Greg Chappell for experimenting too much.
“It’s an overdose. I don’t agree with it. Experiments are good up to a point.
Beyond that, they backfire.”
“Some times, players remain under pressure and can’t perform because of experiments. My sincere advice to Mr Chappell is to experiment only with players of his own club in Australia,” said Akram, who holds the world record for the most wickets in one-day cricket.
He hailed the young pace brigade of Team India, but said it lacked experience.
“Irfan, Sreesanth, Rudra and Munaf are good bowlers, but lack experience. I am confident they will soon be on top.”
He, however, added that Irfan Pathan would have to believe in himself. “A consistent showing will soon bring him back into contention.”
Akram refused to accept any coaching job, saying, “It needs patience, which I don’t have.”
He also sounded upset with the way Indian selectors were treating former skipper Sourav Ganguly.
“I am a great fan of Dada, and the way a great player is being treated is bad.”