The Pakistan cricket community has lashed out at the national team for its humiliating defeat against the West Indies in the World Cup match today with former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar calling captain Misbah-ul-Haq "coward and selfish".
Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif is anguished and disappointed that some former cricketers are against the idea of letting players banned for spot-fixing return to the game after being reformed and rehabilitated.
The national selectors might have ignored Younis Khan from the ODI squad, but Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan today said that the senior batsman should be part of the team's 2015 World Cup plans.
Former Pakistani captain Rameez Raja has blamed the lack of a `sound batting cupboard` and nerves for Pakistan`s poor World Twenty20 display against West Indies, which saw them out of the tournament without qualifying for the semi-finals.
Pakistan`s loss to India in their World Twenty20 opener has sparked massive criticism of skipper Mohammed Hafeez with former captains such as Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf demanding that he be replaced by flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi.
Former Pakistan skipper Rameez Raja feels India will be under greater pressure when they take on Pakistan in their Twenty20 World Cup league match in Dhaka on March 21, as they would be keen to avenge their Asia Cup defeat.
Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja, who had openly supported the ICC`s structural revamp process initiated by cricket boards from India, England and Australia, feels that PCB might just have missed out on extracting its own share of pie which would benefited country`s cricket.
Former Pakistan players are worried that the national team management could start the second test against South Africa starting in Dubai with a defensive mindset and be satisfied with just drawing the match.
Pakistan`s former Test captain Rameez Raja has said the ongoing one-day series between India and Australia has produced quality cricket and would be of great help to the team from Down Under during the Ashes this year.
Saddened by Pakistan`s pathetic show at the Champions Trophy, former captains Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja on Sunday lashed out at side`s "spineless" batting and said the time has come for rebuilding the team.
Former Indian players on Wednesday not only backed Hockey India`s decision to send back Pakistanis but also advocated more stringent action even as players from across the border urged that the upcoming bilateral series should not be derailed due to the ongoing conflict.
Euphoria reached its peak at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday as cricket crazy fans went down the memory lane when a number of former players from India and Pakistan were felicitated to mark the 25 years of Indo-Pak ODI matches.