Pakistan had a not-so-good season in the recently concluded ICC World Cup where they failed to make it to the semi-final and finished as the fifth-placed in the points table. However, after their exclusion, former Pakistan player Abdul Qadir didn’t want Mickey Arthur to continue his job as Pakistan’s head coach, saying others should get a chance to be the next coach.
“I know Wasim Akram has told the Board (PCB) that they should give another contract to Arthur but to me this is like doing injustice with others. Others too need to be given a chance to take the national team forward,” Abdul Qadir said in an interview.
He further shared if Wasim Akram had so much concern about the national cricket then he should take up the bowling coach job of the Pakistan team. Akram is included in the PCB’s cricket committee and they are alls et to meet on August 2 to review Pakistan’s performance for the last three years and prepare plans for the future.
“To me Mickey Arthur has contributed nothing to the Pakistan team. In fact, he has damaged it with his clear bias towards some players including Sohail Khan, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Imran Khan who could have done a lot for the Pakistan team with their experience,” Qadir told.
“No one thought how much investment has already been made in these players and how much it would hurt Pakistan cricket by sidelining them at their peak,” he further added.
“We have spent millions of rupees on his fees and expenses and got nothing in return. He didn’t even want Wahab Riaz in the team and sidelined him for two years but was forced to eat humble pie and accept him for the World Cup at the last moment,” he expressed.
The former spin legend Qadir further added that he felt instead of having a head coach in the team, it will be better to have specialist coaches in batting, bowling and fielding departments. However, the leg-spinner had played 67 Tests and 104 ODIs for the national team. He even backed Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain of the team, especially in the limited-over games.
“I think he has done enough and shown he is a fighter to be given an extended run at the captaincy.”
However, it will be interesting to see what the committee plan for the national team.