Ex-Pak cricketers demand major overhaul in team, board following Lankan rout

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Karachi, Aug. 5 (ANI): Following the Pakistan cricket team's dismal ODI series loss to Sri Lanka, former Pakistani cricketers have called for a major overhaul in the national side.

Sri Lanka won the five-match one-day series against Pakistan 3-0, after crushing Pakistan by six wickets on Monday.

"The World Twenty20 win had hid all the weaknesses in the team and the cricket board. The top man (Ijaz Butt) doesn't know much about the intricacies of cricket and is taking decisions to please his friends. From top to bottom we need changes," The News quoted former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas, as saying.

"Since this board has taken over we have lost the Champions Trophy, we have been stripped of World Cup 2011 matches and we have failed to handle the team, so this is total mismanagement, which is unacceptable," Abbas added.

"The coach (Intikhab Alam) must go, and the captain (Younis Khan) also lacks the qualities of a good leader," said Abbas.

Former chief selector Abdul Qadir demanded resignations from the board and the team.

"They should feel ashamed. Defeats are part and parcel of the game, but shameful defeats are unacceptable," said Qadir, who resigned in June after alleging interference in selection matters from the PCB and Alam.

Former captain Aamer Sohail, who last month resigned as the PCB's development director after differences with the management, also slammed the Pakistani set-up.

"No one, from the board officials to the team management, seems to have a clear plan in mind. Some of the decisions make no sense, like two regular openers were sent to Sri Lanka but we used makeshift openers in the series which we have lost now," he said. (ANI)

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