Even Akhtar says Ponting should give up cap­taincy

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

" 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.’’

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