Misbah-ul-Haq (Left) and Younis Khan are perhaps on their final legs of their international careers © AFP
Misbah-ul-Haq (Left) and Younis Khan are perhaps in their final legs of their international careers © AFP

Former Pakistan bowler Aaqib Javed has expressed his concern over the future of Pakistan cricket. He believes that the Pakistan academies were once upon a time among the best in the world and believes that Pakistan cricket has stopped developing its academy, as a result of which there is a slump. Aaqib’s more concerned about the state of affairs in the Pakistan team once Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan retire from international cricket. The duo have been Pakistan’s mainstay for a long time and are two of the pillars of Pakistan’s batting. They will once again be expected to play a major part when Pakistan tour England in July 2016. READ: Aaqib Javed turns down Bangladesh bowling coach offer

“At the moment they are all over the place,” said Aaqib. “I am worried when Misbah and Younis go, what will happen to their batting? We have seen the Sri Lankans struggling after losing two great players [Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara]. The challenge can’t be solved in six months or one year,” he added, according to pakistantoday.com.pk.

Speaking about the need to develop Pakistan cricket, Aaqib said, “Nobody actually realised the development in Pakistan stopped and it is hurting them right now,” said Aaqib. “They used to have the best academy system back in Pakistan which they stopped in 2010.” READ:Wasim Akram slams former Pakistani cricketers to not apply for head coach’s position

“All these players are from this system and once you produce players from the system you can depend on that group of players for four or five years. All of a sudden when you stop your development plans you have no more players coming up from your system,” he added.

Aaqib goes on to say that Pakistan need at least two years to recover from this slump they are going through at the moment. They had terrible outings in the recently concluded Asia cup T 20 2016 and the T20 World Cup 2016, after which Shahid Afridi resigned as captain and Waqar Younis resigned as coach.

“So now, Pakistan has to wait at least two years and they should realise that they should not expect any miracle from Mickey Arthur or somebody else,” he said. “It’s not about people, it’s not about personalities it’s about the system.”

Aaqib was the front-runner for Pakistan Head Coach position after Waqar’s resignation but has backed new coach Mickey Aethur to come good.  He also stressed on the fact that the upcoming series against England and Australia are going to be tough. READ: Aaqib Javed: PCB should try Day/Night Tests in UAE

“I think [Arthur] has great experience working with two international teams and working with a high performance centre,” said Aaqib. “He is a technical and a team coach. So, I think, he must be very experienced and working with Asian players he must have an idea of working with different people. I can’t find any problem because he has the experience and I think he’ll do well.”

“The coming two series are really tough in England and Australia,” he said. “I think everybody should understand this is a time to support Pakistan cricket, not to criticise Mickey Arthur or others. I think the coming two or three years will be exciting for Pakistan cricket, but in short-term I can’t see any [quick] repair.”