Karachi: Pakistan's loss to India in their ICC 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. "Hafeez needed to be more attacking with his bowlers and field placings once we were able to set them only a target of 130 runs," Miandad said after the seven-wicket loss in Mirpur, Bangladesh on Friday night.
"The key to winning the match was to stop the runs if wickets were not falling so that the run rate increased and the Indians came under pressure. Unfortunately Hafeez failed to do that as captain. He should have used his bowlers more proactively," Miandad said. (Scorecard | Highlights)
Yousuf also criticised the body language of Hafeez who is said to be at loggerheads with coach Moin Khan and the other support staff. "With better captaincy and the right pressure we could have made this total of 130 like 160 for India but this didn't happen," Yousuf added.