Pakistan loss sparks tirade

FORMER players called for a major shake-up in Pakistani cricket yesterday after the national side lost the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka 3-0.

FORMER players called for a major shake-up in Pakistani cricket yesterday after the national side lost the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka 3-0.

Sri Lanka, who won the preceding three-Test series 2-0 to post their first home series win against Pakistan, crushed Pakistan by six wickets on Monday to secure the limited-overs contest as well. Sri Lanka have never won a home one-day series against Pakistan before and are now eyeing a clean sweep.

Mahela Jayawardene scored a brisk 123 for his first one-day century in two years to help Sri Lanka overhaul a daunting 289-run target at Rangiri International Stadium.

Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas said the defeat stressed the need for a major overhaul.

"The World Twenty20 win had hidden all the weaknesses in the team and the cricket board," said Abbas, referring to Pakistan's triumph in England in June.

"The top man doesn't know much about the intricacies of cricket and is taking decisions to please his friends," he said of Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Ijaz Butt. "From top to bottom we need changes."

Former chief selector Abdul Qadir demanded resignations from the board and the team. But another former captain Rashid Latif differed.

"Changes are not the solution," he said. "I think the team needs to go back to basics and there should be no interference in team planning ." - Sapa-AFP

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