Misbah hits back at 'uncalled for' Chappell comments


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has taken exception to "uncalled for" remarks from former Australia skipper Ian Chappell.

Earlier this week, Chappell was scathing in his assessment of both Pakistan and Misbah, following their 3-0 whitewash in the Test series down under.

After a tight opening Test in which Pakistan fell just 40 runs short of chasing a record 490 to win, Australia dominated the final two matches, winning by an innings and 18 runs before a 220-run success with the series already secure.

Chappell pulled no punches, expressing his belief that Australia should not host Pakistan again until the tourists prove they can cope in unfavourable conditions, while also calling for Misbah to be relieved from his captaincy role.

"Pakistan have now lost 12 Test matches on the trot in Australia, and somebody's got to give them a kick up the bum," Chappell said. "Cricket Australia have got to start saying 'listen if things don't improve, we will stop with the invites.'"

Misbah was less than impressed with Chappell's remarks, which the Pakistan captain believes are nonsensical.

"I noted some very harsh comments from Ian Chappell about my place in the team, my leadership and about whether Pakistan should have toured Australia," he said.

"I believe those comments were uncalled for and unbecoming to someone who has a vast experience of playing and watching cricket. The comments do not make any sense or suit a cricketer of his stature. 

"Australia themselves have been on the losing side in the recent away tours. They were clean swept by a Sri Lanka side that did not have Mahela Jayawardene or Kumar Sangakkara and some of their players didn't even have 10 Tests to their names.

"Then Australia lost the one-day international series 0-5 in South Africa. In the recent past they have been whitewashed by us in the UAE and in India. 

"If we apply Chappell's comments to Australia, does that mean if they continue to get whitewashed on the subcontinent on a regular basis then they should also not travel there?

"And if Australia does not travel to Asia or the Asian teams do no travel to Australia then how are they going to improve?"