KARACHI: Former head coach of Pakistan cricket team Dav Whatmore and former captain Wasim Akram have expressed surprise over coach Micky Arthurâ€™s statement about fast bowler Sohail Khan.
Arthur had questioned Sohail Khanâ€™s ability to bowl beyond the second spell after third dayâ€™s play between Pakistan and Australia at Brisbane.
â€œI’ve got a doubt about Sohail’s comeback ability,â€ Arthur had said.
â€œIf he has got to bowl, his first spell is very good, his second spell’s okay, his third spell is tough and then you just don’t get anything more. That puts a lot of pressure on our other units,â€ the coach had commented about the right arm fast bowler.
However, the statement didnâ€™t get any backing from former great Wasim Akram and the former head coach Dav Whatmore.
â€œSohailâ€™s inclusion is very positive, Pakistanâ€™s attack was one dimensional in the previous game. Sohail Khan is a wicket taking bowler and he has been performing well recently,â€ said Wasim Akram.
â€œI donâ€™t know why the coach made such statement about him,â€ commented Swing Ka Sultan when Geoâ€™s Sohail Imran asked for his reaction on Arthurâ€™s comment in Melbourne.
Akram said that if Sohail wasnâ€™t good enough then why he was included in the squad.
â€œIf there was any problem with Sohail then why is he is there. I hope this wicket would suit him and I always was supporting a bowler who could take wickets with the new ballâ€ he commented.
Former coach Dav Whatmore suggested that Mickey Arthur should be careful while expressing feelings about his players.
â€œIt was surprising I have read, my eyebrows raised a little bit when I read that. Whatever is your personal feelings, you need to be a little bit careful in the way which you express it,â€ the former coach said in Melbourne.
32-year-old Sohail Khan has 24 wickets to his credit in 8 appearances for Pakistan.