Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja has insisted that Misbah-ul-Haq, national chief selector and head coach, has been "overburdened" by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after Sri Lanka registered back to back wins in the ongoing T20 International series in Lahore.
After winning One Day International series against the Islanders in Karachi, the Men in Green suffered two defeats at the hands of the tourists, who now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with the final match scheduled to be played on Wednesday (October 9) in Lahore.
Following the surprising T20I series defeat, Raja, the cricketer-turned-commentator, has called for a power-hitting coach to correct the direction of the national players in the shortest format of the game.
Ramiz said on his official YouTube channel, “Misbah-ul-Haq has been overburdened after he was handed the coaching responsibilities of all formats. I feel we need to bring in a power-hitting coach for the shorter format, to correct the direction of the players.”
On the ongoing T20I series at home, the former cricketer said: “The result of the T20I series against (Sri Lanka) was expected as Pakistan team was stressed after losing the first game. Many old players were recalled in the T20 team but were unable to deliver under pressure.”
Meanwhile, Misbah took the responsibility for the twin defeats in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, saying: “You are seeing problems with the team and I am also seeing them. We need to resolve these. It's not something that can be fixed overnight. It takes some time to fix these things.”
He signed off by saying, “Obviously I am answerable but to make a team, you need some time and to do that, you do some experiments. Only then do you get the answers to your questions? A lot of things are in front of us and we need to find solutions.”
(With cricketpakistan.com.pk/IANS Inputs)