Javed Miandad

Strongly supporting the decision to drop some famous names from the side to make way for new faces, Pakistan's newly-appointed coach Javed Miandad (Pic. right, Reuters) has lashed out against some senior cricketers for complaining and criticising the selection policy.

Speaking on a television channel, Miandad expressed surprise at the complaints being made by the senior players left out of Pakistan's squad for the tri-nation series in Sharjah.

"I don't understand it. Before the World Cup they wanted the people to support them and promised to play well. That didn't happen. Now the selectors are trying to start afresh and give new players a chance and they need the support of the seniors which is not forthcoming," said Miandad who has been given the charge of the team for the third time in a major overhaul of Pakistani cricket following a first-round exit from the World Cup.

Waqar Younis was sacked as captain and was replaced by Rashid Latif. He was later dropped from the side along with Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saqlain Mushtaq. A bitter Waqar had questioned the decision of the new selection panel in making such wholesale changes in the side and packing it with inexperienced players.