Former Pakistan Team captain Salman Butt has held Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq responsible for Pakistan Cricket Team’s substandard performance against England in their recently concluded ODI series.
Pakistan displayed one of its poorest performances during the series, getting white-washed to face defeat against the hosts. That too even when England was depleted of many of their first-choice players as they were out of the series after testing positive for COVID-19, just a couple of days ahead of the game. The Ben Stokes-led team had a reserve of newcomers in the team, that comfortably outplayed a full-strength Pakistan team.
Salman Butt heavily criticized Misbah-ul-Haq for his comments that the Head Coach made during a video conference the day after England won the third game by three wickets.
Commenting on his mentorship, the former skipper said that he has failed in his execution and strategy. He further questioned Misbah’s ability as a coach.
“Misbah said the performance is undefendable, but he tried his best to defend it. If you say it is undefendable, then just say ‘We weren’t the better team. We have failed in our execution and strategy’. He is just repeating the justifications of why he is backing certain players. This shows that you are also not at par with your position, and you have no idea what you are talking about,” Salman Butt stated.
The 36-year old went to raise questions over the selection of leg-spinner and reckoned that the selectors were favouring Shadab Khan, who actually has not given any notable bowling performances. He said that the eleven players the team should be composed of shall not all be the jack of all trades but it requires specialists as well.
“Why didn’t you try the other leg-spinner? With the number of matches that he has played, he has performed better than the rest. A person’s (Shadab Khan) main skill is weak, but you are using his batting and fielding skills as excuses. You are finding eleven players who are jack of all trades, master of none,” Salman Butt concluded.