An ex-member of the Pakistan support staff has come out and criticized the players for disrespecting the authorities amid speculations that Mickey Arthur is about to join the squad as the “online coach” of the team. The relationships between Pakistan’s players and coaches haven’t always been smooth sailing throughout the years. While there have been times when coaches like Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq, and Arthur himself haven’t agreed with players and vice versa, the regularity with which these incidents have been made public raises questions.

Sikander Bakht, a former national selector and support staff member for the senior Pakistan men’s team, has spoken on the subject and accused the players of treating their coaches poorly in comparison to those who are from outside. Bakht remembered an event between him and a cricketer that underlined the icy image of a coach in the eyes of a player in Pakistan and provided an explanation for why Pakistani coaches are always under pressure.

“When I was a part of the Pakistan squad, I once attempted to inform a player. You’ve just completed 26 Tests for Pakistan, he remarked. I’ve played 40 games. You want to instruct me, right? I’m swearing to say this. The strategy used by participants is this. Do you believe a cricket player can approach Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, or Shadab Khan and say something? The athletes are well-behaved around foreign coaches. Consider Mickey Arthur, who hasn’t participated in any international competition but is skilled at managing people. He is a foreigner, and they are afraid of him “Telling Geo News, Bakht.

The illustrious Wasim Akram just made a comment that emphasizes this even further. When asked whether Akram would ever take the reins as Pakistan’s head coach, the former captain said emphatically “never,” noting that coaches in the nation face abuse in addition to criticism. No Pakistani coach has ever had a longer term than, say, Ravi Shastri, Justin Langer, or even Rahul Dravid, according to history, and as Bakht said, this is due to a lack of courtesy or even a basic acknowledgment by the players.

“Numerous coaches from Pakistan have worked with us. Whether it was Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq, or Mohammad Yousuf, they were unable to manage it. I’ll use a player who collaborates with me on Geo as an example, but I won’t use his name. He admitted to me that he prays every day to be denied a position with PCB. There are so many challenges and demands there that I ask God not to grant me a job with PCB during every Namaz “Added he.