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My captain never utilised me as a match-winner: Shoaib

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akhterFast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Monday launched a thinly-veiled attack on Inzamam-ul-Haq saying that he was never really utilised as a match-winner by the former captain.

In a television interview, the enigmatic Shoaib also said that Pakistan will have to change their dressing room culture if they want to rise from the Ashes of a disastrous World Cup campaign in the Caribbean.

“Unfortunately, rather than using me as a match-winner, the captain used to play matches with me,” said Shoaib without directly naming Inzamam. It was an open secret that Shoaib and Inzamam never really got along during the latter’s stint as captain.

Inzamam resigned as captain after Pakistan were shocked by Ireland in a World Cup game on March 17 a result that threw his team out of the 16-nation contest. He was later replaced by young all-rounder Shoaib Malik.“It is time that we have a more professional culture in our dressing room,” said Shoaib who believes that jealousy and ego problems have affected Pakistan’s performance in the past.

Shoaib, 31, said that Pakistan need a strong captain like Imran Khan who can get the best out of the players. “I’ve had my differences with Imran Khan in the past but there is no doubt that he was the best captain Pakistan ever had. He was a great leader and knew how to get the best out of his players,” he expressed. He said that Pakistani players will have to work hard in order to start winning big games.
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