Chappell's comments on Pakistan team draw Akhtar retort

Chappell's comments on Pakistan team draw Akhtar retort

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar responded to former Australian captain Ian Chappell's comments about Pakistan's poor performances down under.

Chappell suggested that Cricket Australia might want to stop inviting Pakistan to play Test cricket at their home after the Pakistan team was whitewashed in the recent series, making it 12 straight Test defeats In Australia.

"Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody's got to give them a kick up the bum. Cricket Australia (CA) have got to start saying listen if things don't improve, we will stop with the invites," Chappell had said.

Akhtar responded stating that just because a team is not winning matches doesn't mean that they have to stop playing. He cited England's performances in the ODI World Cups as an example.

Akthar tweeted, "Pak lacked grit: Chappell. I agree but not coming to Australia no remedy. England never won World Cup but doesn't mean they shouldn't participate."

He added, "Agree partially with Ian Chappell that Pakistan lacked grit but the same team drew 2-2 v England less than a year ago”.

After the Test humiliation Pakistan will now play five ODIs against Australia with the first starting on January 13 at Brisbane.