In what can be termed as an utter disgrace, Pakistan crashed out of the Asia Cup after a stinging loss to hosts Bangladesh. Things have not looked any better back home for the Pakistanis, as former greats and players have slammed the current unit for their dismal performances.
Former batting great Mohammad Yousuf questioned the technique of the Pakistani batsman and said, “These batsmen just lack proper application and technique and try to hit themselves out of trouble on pitches which offer some assistance to bowlers.
It doesn’t work that way in international cricket,” he said. “Afridi is under immense pressure as captain since he is not clicking as a player despite being the most experienced member of the squad,” Yousuf said. “We have heard enough excuses but when the captain is not performing how can he question or pull up the other players?,” questioned former pacer Sarfaraz Nawaz.
“It is so disappointing to go out of the Asia Cup in this manner. I was hoping our team would motivate themselves to beat Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and set up a final with India,” said Shoaib Akhtar.
Pakistan’s test captain Misbah Ul Haq too had something to say. “Our bowlers again did a good job but the batting is just not clicking. The selectors have tried everyone who is doing well in domestic cricket so what else can one can do,” Misbah said. “The ball was gripping and I would have thought Malik would be a good option early on for a few overs. The pitch was not easy for batting,” he said.
“I don’t know who to blame but individuals, when they play for Pakistan, must foremost accept responsibility for their own performances. It is disappointing that Bangladesh put us out of the final – a country which is so much less experienced than us in international cricket,” said former wicketkeeper Rashid Latif.
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