Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has blasted the Pakistan team after their dismal performance in the second Test match at Old Trafford against England which the hosts won by a huge margin of 330 runs.
Replying to England’s first innings total of 589, Pakistan batsmen batted miserably and were dismissed for a paltry score of 198. The batsmen learned little from their first innings mistake and were dismissed for only 234 runs in the second innings chasing a target of 564. The former pacer said that the batsmen looked out of sorts against the English bowlers.
“One saw no planning in the entire match from a Pakistani perspective and as expected our batting has been badly exposed by the England bowlers,” Akhtar said.
“You can say our batting has been unmasked and exposed on a pitch which had bounce and nothing more. Our batting always struggles on surfaces with a bounce that is why we toil in England and Australia,” he said.
Akhtar criticised the bowlers too.
“There was no game plan on how to bowl on the Old Trafford pitch and the line was just not right and the intent was missing throughout the England innings,” he added.
Former Test captain Ramiz Raja said that the Pakistani players’ ability to adapt quickly to conditions has resurfaced and ruled out complacency as the reason for such dismal performance.
“Our biggest problem is that our players just don’t adapt quickly enough to different conditions. And the problem of consistency remains as usual,” he said.
“England just came better prepared this time. At Lord’s the conditions suited Pakistan because of the low bounce. At Old Trafford they made sure there was plenty of bounce in the surface,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Pakistani wicketkeeper, Rashid Latif has refused to rule Pakistan out of the series and said that the team has enough potential to stage a comeback.
“Two matches remain and this Pakistan team has a lot of potential. At Old Trafford the batting was horrible and there was no excuse for the poor show by our batters. They need to sit down and start afresh. For senior players like Hafeez and Younis to throw away their wickets after good starts is just not acceptable at this level,” he said.