Published On: Tue, Jul 26th, 2016

Cricket veteran’s criticism on team’s miserable performance



The national cricket team is criticized by ex-Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, beside with experienced ones like Ramiz Raja, Muhammad Yousuf, Waqar Younis, and Hanif Mohammad. The criticism is on national team’s miserable performance on Monday in the second Test in opposition to England.

The hosts have beaten Pakistan by the gigantic 330-run margin to prevail at Old Trafford.

Akhtar stated that he was much dissatisfied with the in the general performance of the team, who were poorly exposed by English players. The fast bowler told “One saw no planning in the entire match from Pakistan’s perspective and as expected our batting was badly exposed by their bowlers,” he further added, “You can also say our batting has been unmasked and exposed on a pitch which had bounce and nothing more.”

The previous fast-bowler continued that Pakistan would locate it much hard to rejoinder in the series later than this type of intimidating defeat.

Similarly, 1992 World Cup victor Ramiz Raja added the defeat was only a persistence of Pakistan cricket’s miseries. He stated that “Our biggest problem is that our players just don’t adapt quickly enough to different conditions,” he further told, “And the problem of consistency remains as usual.”

Nevertheless, the cricketer-turned-commentator considered that the hosts merited the triumph as they were much prepared. He told “England just came better prepared this time because at Lord’s the conditions suited Pakistan due to low bounce,” he continued “At Old Trafford they made sure there was plenty of bounce in the surface.”

Ex-Test batsman Muhammad Yousuf, in addition, mourned that the Pakistani batsmen did not display the excellence on a pitch on which it was unforgivable not to acquire a big score. He said “I expected players of the calibre of Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq to get hundreds here,” he continued “I just can’t fathom what Younus [Khan] was trying to do, batting the way he did.”

Waqar Younis, who is the previous head coach, further added that there was no apology for the batting mess. He told “I am not saying we should have won this Test, but this is not the way to go down,” he added, “The spineless batting would have given the England bowlers a lot of confidence now.”

In the same way, Pakistan fable Hanif Muhammad had a remark of suggestion for Younus, who is Pakistan’s utmost Test run-getter. He told “At his age, he shouldn’t try to change his technique,” he continued “He will find it hard to adjust himself.”


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