Misbah faces usual criticism

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Former skipper Mohammad Yousuf has insisted reinstate all-rounder Shahid Afridi as ODI captain, after Pakistan slipped to a series defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka this week.

Former skipper Mohammad Yousuf has insisted reinstate all-rounder Shahid Afridi as ODI captain, after Pakistan slipped to a series defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka this week.

Batsman Misbah endured a poor stretch of form during the three limited-overs fixtures and the preceding Test series against the same opposition. Afridi, meanwhile, has remained relatively consistent throughout.

"If the captaincy remained with Misbah you can't expect improvement in results. He has been the captain for four years and has not been able to find a proper combination," said Yousuf. "I think it is imperative we have Afridi as captain. He is aggressive and can lead in a better way."

Fellow erstwhile captain echoed Yousuf's sentiment – and implored the selectors to orchestrate several other changes in personnel prior to next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

"The Pakistan Cicket Board relied on old players for the last two years in their preparations for the World Cup and they simply don't trust young players, and that's why our performance graph is going down with every series," Latif told <i>AFP</i>. "I think Misbah's future is in doubt. He didn't perform in seven innings of the tour and his captaincy was defensive."

Pakistan will meet Australia for a one-off Twenty20 International, three ODIs and two Tests in the United Arab Emirates between 5 October and 3 November.

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