Karachi: Former captain and director-general of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Javed Miandad, has urged Pakistani cricketers to learn from from the achievements of Indian batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar.
Rather than letting their on-field performance speak for them, Miandad feels that the players are happy to brag about their performance in media.
"We keep on reading and hearing about some of the players making claims about how they will deliver, but on field that is not happening and it is a big letdown for the nation."
"I would advise them to just focus on their game and go for improvement and take every match seriously. The players need to realise cricket is played on the field.
"They should learn from Sachin who has had a wonderful career and scored century after century but one never hears him making tall claims about his performances or achievements. He is a proper professional and someone our players can learn from," the veteran of 124 Tests insisted.
Miandad also called on captain Shahid Afridi to take more responsibility as a player and lift the team by example and said that the all-rounder has got enough amount of talent and he should channelise it properly.
"He shouldn't be playing the way he is. Imran Khan is a great example of how a captain should perform. Imran lifted the team in the 1992 World Cup. Afridi needs to start doing that himself. He did it during the World T20 Championship, so he is perfectly capable of delivering," Miandad said.
Miandad emphasised, "He (Afridi) has immense talent which he does not utilise properly at times."
Urging the players to take the current one-day series against New Zealand seriously, Miandad said, "Unfortunately, what I noticed was that the players didn't appear serious about their business in the first match in Wellington' they took things lightly. In international cricket, this is not acceptable."
Pakistan, who are currently engaged in an ODI series against Kiwis, failed to replicate their performance in Tests against the hosts and lost the series opener by nine wickets after being bowled out for just 124 runs in 37.4 overs.
Adding greater significance to ongoing series in view of the upcoming World Cup, Miandiad reiterated that losing it could have a big impact on their performances in the mega event.
"It is important for the players to realise that once they get into a losing streak, it will be difficult for them to come out of it in a high-pressure event like the World Cup," the former batsman cautioned.
"The players must realise they are fortunate to get such a series just before the World Cup," Miandad said, while expressing his surprise at the relaxed attitude of the players in the first match.
"They need to realise the significance of the World Cup when every Pakistani is praying for their success. The tournament comes once in four years and everyone expects the team to fire in the World Cup."
"No excuses can be accepted and the players must also realise that if they perform well in the World Cup, how much of a boost it would be for Pakistan cricket which is facing so many problems," he added.
The players just need to get more serious about their performances. I believe they have the capability of winning the series in New Zealand and also doing well in the World Cup
but for that, they need to focus on their shortcomings and strengths and use them properly," Miandad said while pinning hope on the present ODI outfit.