Wasim hits out at Azhar’s insipid captaincy after heartbreaking loss

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Paki­stan captain Azhar Ali ‘missed a trick’ several times in the opening Test against England and their three-wicket loss will hurt the team and their fans, according to bowling great Wasim Akram.

Azhar and his men held the upper hand for most part of the series opener and had England, chasing 277 for victory, reeling at 117-5 at Old Trafford before England fought back.

Jos Buttler (75) and Chris Woakes (84 not out) forged a 139-run stand to help the hosts go 1-0 up in the three-Test series here on Saturday.

“It will hurt the Pakistan team and the cricket lovers in Pakistan,” former captain Wasim, who is commentating on the series, told Sky Sports. “Winning and losing is part of cricket, but I think our captain missed a trick quite a few times in this game, as far as his leadership is concerned.”