Former Pak players slam team for crushing series defeat against Proteas

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 07:30 hrs

Former Pakistani players have slammed Misbahul Haq led team for their timid performance following their series defeat against world number one South Africa.

South Africa beat the visitors by four wickets in the Cape Town Test on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, Sport24 reports.

Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said Pakistan had looked overawed by the world's top team, adding the team was capable of beating the Proteas but they were thinking more about their top dog status.

Pakistan lost the first Test in Johannesburg by 211 runs after crumbling to 49 all out in the first innings in the face of the hosts' hostile pace bowling attack.

Inzamam, who worked with the Pak team as a batting consultant before their one-day tour of India in December, urged the team to show more aggression in its approach.

Inzamam added what he saw was that a batsman scores 50 in 150 balls, adding that gives bowlers more domination, and once a batsman is set he should attack and score freely.

Pakistan were missing rising paceman Junaid Khan and another former captain, Rashid Latif, who said the batsmen needed to set a bigger total for the bowlers to defend, the paper reported.

Latif said it was a small target and Pakistan's pace attack had one debutant (Mohammad Irfan), one bowler staging a comeback after 18 months (Tanveer Ahmed) and one on the downslide of his career (Umar Gul).

Latif backed captain Misbah to carry on but urged the Pakistan board to bring in Inzamam and fast bowling legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis as coaches, the paper added.

Former opener and ex-coach Mohsin Khan blamed the coaching staff, saying there was a lack of planning to target South Africa's weaknesses. (ANI)

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