Misbah replies to Ian Chappell’s ‘harsh’ comments
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Friday replied to former Australian captain Ian Chappell’s comments about Pakistan cricket team after its 3-0 defeat in Australia.
“I noted some very harsh comments from Ian Chappell about my place in the team, my leadership and about whether Pakistan should have toured Australia. I believe those comments were uncalled for and unbecoming to someone who has a vast experience of playing and watching cricket. The comments do not make any sense or suit a cricketer of his stature,” wrote Misbah-ul-Haq in his column on cricket.com.au.
The Pakistan captain reminded Chappell that Australia itself has been on the losing side in the recent away tours as they were clean swept by Sri Lanka and lost the one-day international series 0-5 in South Africa.
“In the recent past they have been whitewashed by us in the UAE and in India. If we apply Chappell’s comments to Australia, does that mean if they continue to get whitewashed on the subcontinent on a regular basis then they should also not travel there?,” wrote Misbah.
After Pakistan’s 3-0 defeat in the Test-series against Australia, former Australian captain Ian Chappell had said that Pakistan should not be invited for tours if they can’t improve their performance.
“Cricket Australia have got to start saying ‘listen if things don’t improve we will stop with the invites,” Chappell had said.
Pakistan suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the Test-series against Australia. The side also suffered a 2-0 whitewash in the test series in New Zealand.