KARACHI: Former Olympian Wasim Feroze slammed Pakistan’s shambolic 4-7 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals India at the Commonwealth Games here on Sunday.
In an interview with ‘The News’, Wasim says that he feels that the senior players didn’t perform up to expectations.
“Senior players like Wasim Ahmad, Rehan Butt and Shakeel Abbasi were totally off,” said Wasim. “You expect to build your game around seniors but it is sad to see that they were not fit enough to play through the whole game.
“They played in patches of 15 minutes and all the four goals came when the seniors were on the field.”
He said that it seemed that the team had still not recovered from the World Cup debacle earlier this year. “It seems Pakistan were still reeling from the shock at the World Cup and the pressure got better of the players. They were too defensive in their play,” he said.
Wasim feels that Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel should be held responsible for a lack of proper strategy during the game.
“There was no strategy at all from Van den Heuvel. Since he is a foreigner, he just can not feel the importance of a Pakistan-India clash,” he added. “The Dutch coach should be held accountable for tactics as he is receiving millions of Rupees. His decision to set up a camp in Netherlands wasn’t a wise decision. Preparing in our country would have been much better as the climate of India is similar to Pakistan.”
Pakistan’s next major assignment is at the Asian games and the former Olympian is pessimistic about the country’s chances and said that Sohail Abbas should be recalled.
“Their chances don’t look bright,” said Wasim. “Sohail Abbas should be immediately recalled as he is our star player and the management should treat him like a star.”