Shahid Afridi has been immensely criticized for his team’s lackluster outing in the ICC World T20 in India. Following former players and coach Waqar Younis, it now turn of Pakistan’s team manager and former player Intikhab Alam to have a go at the flamboyant all-rounder. In his report, Alam has slammed Afridi severely for being utterly clueless as Pakistan’s captain.
“The recent Asia Cup and the ICC World T20 have made it evident that we have critical gaps both in batting and bowling, and our fielding keeps on leaking runs, thus releasing pressure. In bowling, with the exception of Mohammad Amir, we do not have a bowler who can win us matches,” Alam wrote. Our death bowling also is way below par. And the same goes with our batting line-up, where we do not have reliable pinch hitters and the top and power hitter to clinch us games.”
“These very same reasons continued to be Team Pakistan’s bugbear, but since this was a global tournament with the top-most competing for honours, the magnitude of the stress, and the pressure was even more pronounced,” Intikhab wrote. Pakistan began the tournament on a high after a comprehensive victory over Bangladesh, but then lost their zeal.
“To cap it all, the tournament was being held in India, where the team was under multiple scanners at the same time, pushing the stress and anxiety levels very high,” Intikhab said. “Much to our chagrin was a captain in his farewell event after a career spanning nearly 20 years, yet absolutely clueless in terms of on-field tactics and off-field leadership,” Alam mentioned.