Karachi: Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has called on his countrymen not to expect new head coach Mickey Arthur to do wonders for the team, saying the former South African player would require some time to turn the things around.
On Friday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) formally announced the appointment of Arthur as the successor of Waqar Younis, who stepped down from the role following a dismal World Twenty20 campaign in India.
The legendary cricketer said Pakistan are languishing down to the ninth spot in the ODI rankings and that one could not expect Arthur to bring immediate improvement in the team, the Express Tribune reported.
Arthur had successfully coached his native South Africa from 2005-2010 before migrating to Australia, where he remained coach of the national team for 19 months.
The 49-year-old also warned the nation not to expect high hopes from the team in their upcoming tour to England.
Akram also expressed his disappointment on the Inzamam-ul-Haq-led selection committee decision’s to drop duo Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal on disciplinary grounds.
He stressed it was the duty of the team management to rectify the players’ problem and get him to perform instead of dropping him.
Pakistan will play four Tests, five ODIs and one-off T20 international match against England, starting from July 14 at the Lord’s.(ANI)
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