Even Akhtar says Ponting should give up captaincy
" No disrespect to this team but you can’t compare ( Steve) Smith to Warne, you can’t compare ( Brad) Haddin to Hayden.
Ponting, who turns 37 this December, is under mounting pressure to retain the captaincy and could conceivably follow Akhtar into retirement in the coming months. But Akhtar, 36 in August, believes Ponting can bat on until the 2013 Ashes if he eases the strain by handing the captaincy to deputy Michael Clarke after the World Cup.
" I believe Ricky has two more years, but only if he steps down as captain," Akhtar said. " I do believe he is muddling himself as a captain and his performances are being affected.’’