Pakistan captains and their ill fate
Almost all of Pakistan captains have faced the axe
after losing a series to India. Here's a brief
sketch of former top stars and skippers being
replaced after losing series to their arch-rivals.
Asif Iqbal in 1979-80: Middle-order batsman Asif
Iqbal not only had a poor run with the bat, making
just 267 runs in six matches, but also Lost the
Test series by 0-2 margin in India. His
controversial declaration at 272 for four in reply
to India's 331 in the last Test match at Kolkata
was the subject of much debate and discussion. He
was replaced by the current coach Javed Miandad.
Zaheer Abbas in 1983-84: India's World Cup winning
eleven continued their successful run in two
matches against Pakistan at Hyderabad and Jaipur,
both of which were reduced from 50 to 46 overs due
to slow over rates, forced one - down batsman
Zaheer Abbas to relinquish the captaincy. He was
replaced by Imran Khan for the Benson & Hedges
World Series Down Under in the same season.
Wasim Akram in 1995-96: One of the leading all-rounders
in world cricket and regular skipper Wasim Akram
opted out of the crucial quarter-final match of the
Wills World Cup against India at Bangalore. He
decided to skip the game at the last moment under
mysterious circumstances as Pakistan lost the match
by 39 runs to be ousted from the tourney. Akram was
replaced by opener Aamir Sohail.
Ramiz Raja in 1997-98: The regular outing in
Toronto for the Sahara Cup witnessed Pakistan being
outclassed by India by 4-1 margin in the six-match
series. Pakistan were then led by the now CEO Ramiz
When India toured Pakistan after along gap of
almost eight years for their neighbors' Golden
Jubilee celebrations, Ramiz Raja, the previous
week's captain had already been dropped with yet
another opener Saeed Anwar replacing him.
Waqar Younis in 2002-03: The match of the
tournament between India and Pakistan at the
Centurion during the World Cup, resulted in
Pakistan's humiliating defeat by six wickets margin
. Pakistan thus couldn't qualify for the Super Six
while India finished as runners-up. Fast bowler and
skipper Waqar Younis was ousted and replaced by
wicket-keeper Rashid Latif.