Lahore, Nov 2 (UNI) Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad has expressed surprise over chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed's questioning of his intergrity and charge of indulging in nepotism.
''I am highly disappointed at the way Sallu unsportingly took the healthy criticism on team selection. Everywhere in the world, former cricketers and experts carry out post-mortems of a lost series which I did too,'' Miandad told reporters.
He said that Salahuddin is not ready to take the routine criticism for the recent drubbing Pakistan suffered at the hands of South Africa in both the Test and one-day series.
He expressed surprise how the selectors never realised the affect of frequent changes in the batting order during both the Test and one-day series against the Proteas.
''Shahid Afridi was batting at six and seven in the first couple of one-dayers and was suddenly sent to open the innings in the later matches which caused problems,'' the master batsman pointed out.
''The same was the case with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and the reshuffling affected his performance,'' he said.
Miandad recalled that Salahuudin was the most vocal critic of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the selection committee in the past, but now instead of facing the blame, he (Salahuddin) was condemning his own team players.
''I think he took it too personally and the language he used surprised me,'' Miandad added.
Commenting on the selection of his nephew Faisal Iqbal in the Pakistan squad against South Africa, Miandad said Faisal's talent was known to everyone and that is why he was appointed as the captain of Pakistan 'A' against the touring Australia 'A' side recently.
He also rubbished the allegations about the selection of his brothers Anwar Miandad and Sohail Miandad which Salahuddin had alleged was due to Miandad's influence.
''Sallu always used to take my advice in the selection of the team and it was I who suggested that the selection committee should finalise the final eleven in consultation with the captain.'' UNI