Intikhab: Afridi was a ‘clueless’ captain


Following the team being dumped out of the World T20 in the Super 10s, Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam has termed Shahid Afridi as a 'clueless' captain of the national side.

In his post tournament report to the Pakistan Cricket Board, Intikhab also said the team did not have match winners in the batting or bowling department, besides left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir.

Intikhab, according to Cricinfo, wrote: "These very same reasons continued to be Team Pakistan's bugbear, but since this was a global tournament with the top-most competing for honours, the magnitude of the stress, and the pressure was even more pronounced.

"The recent Asia Cup and the ICC World T20 have made it evident that we have critical gaps both in batting and bowling, and our fielding keeps on leaking runs, thus releasing pressure.

"In bowling, with the exception of Mohammad Amir, we do not have a bowler who can win us matches. Our death bowling also is way below par.

"And the same goes with our batting line-up, where we do not have reliable pinch hitters and the top and power hitters to clinch us games."

The manager then took an issue with the leadership of Afridi, saying the 36 year-old was found out tactically as the team struggled to cope with the pressure of a big tournament.

Intikhab stated: "To cap it all, the tournament was being held in India, where the team was under multiple scanners at the same time, pushing the stress and anxiety levels very high.  

"Much to our chagrin [added to the above reasons], was a captain in his farewell event after a career spanning nearly 20 years, yet absolutely clueless in terms of on-field tactics and off-field leadership."