KARACHI - Former Express Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar hit out at skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for wholesale changes which led Pakistan's massive 130-run defeat in the first One-Day International against England in Abu Dhabi.

"Too many changes in the first ODI were the main reasons of Pakistan's defeat in the match," he said on Monday night while speaking as an expert on PTV.

He criticized the selection of struggling Shoaib

Malik in the line. "Malik himself was under pressure after poor show 2011," he said. Its very difficult to perform when you are staging a come back in the team,". "Misbah has put himself under pressure by recalling and including Shoaib Malik straight away in the first ODI," he commented.

"Team had done well in the Test series and major changes did the damage," Shoaib Akhtar, who had retired from International during the 2011 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan included Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Wahab Riaz. "I failed to understand why in-form Azhar Ali was not considered in the team and so was Abdur Rehman," he pointed out.

"Misbah did the mistake by dropping Azhar and Rehman and must realized it," he maintained. Rehman is rated well in the ODIs and his dropping was very surprising. He praised England skipper Alastair Cook by leading his team to the victory stand and the fine spell of bowling by Steven Finn.