KARACHI -

Fast bowling great Wasim Akram Sunday said that Pakistan used to give India a tough fight during his playing days, and he was surprised to see Pakistan struggling on a batting-friendly wicket at Edgbaston on Saturday.

"We didn't used to play like what I saw on Saturday as our batsmen fell like pack of cards," Akram said. "Someone has to be brave enough and prepare young cricketers when seniors are not performing."

Last month Akram trained Pakistan's bowlers at a camp in Karachi and spent few days with the Champions Trophy squad when the team convened at the northern city of Abbottabad. But after watching senior batsmen like Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, M Hafeez and Kamran Akmal struggling badly in England, Akram said changes needed to be made. "I don't know if there is lack of ability in our players or there's some psychological problem, but drastic steps should be taken," he said.

However, Wasim throws his support behind under fire skipper Misbah. But Wasim, who played 104 tests and 356 one-day internationals, said while there was a need to rebuild the national side for the World Cup in 2015, Misbah should not be removed from his post. "I think Misbah has been our best batsman in recent times and in the Champions Trophy," the 47-year-old said.

"If Misbah had not stood his ground the way this team batted it could have been bowled out for scores of 30. His future should be secure. We need to rebuild with new players."