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Yousuf, team management under fire for series loss against Australia

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Lahore, Jan 7(ANI): Strongly condemning Pakistan's disappointing performance in the Test series against Australia, former chief selector Abdul Qadir, captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and PCB chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf have all demanded the removal of the captain and team management.

"Had I been the board's chairman or chief selector, I would have resigned from my post after such pathetic performance by the national team. I demand the same of PCB's chairman, Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim as well as the team management, now," The Dawn quoted Qadir, as saying.

"How does one even defend the performance of a team which has an upper hand during the first three days, with a 200-run lead in the first innings, to lose like this in the end?" he added.

Meanwhile, Inzamam held Pakistan's batting and fielding responsible for the defeat and said that had the team held on to the opportunities they got during the match, they could have easily defeated Australia by a huge margin.

"You can't even win a Test by dropping so many catches, what to talk of a series. Pakistan's fielding and batting was unimpressive, and seemed to lack confidence due to the lack of planning," Inzamam said.

According to Ashraf, it was captain Mohammad Yousuf who, with his non-attacking stance, failed to prove himself as a wise leader on the field.

"What happened today was so embarrassing. It made a complete mockery of Pakistan cricket and the entire team management. The captain should be fired for it. But, if Yousuf was not right in his actions, there was also the team management led by coach Intikhab Alam, which could have guided him into changing his strategy," he said. (ANI)

Story first published: Thursday, January 7, 2010, 16:58 [IST]
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