Pakistan’s ODI ranking has been a clear reflection of how unsettled their unit is in this particular format. The once powerhouse of ODI cricket, which boasted of some influential names, today lingers at an isolated 9th spot in the ICC ODI rankings, with just Afghanistan trailing them. This has been due to their dismal performances in ODI’s, where their batting has been a sheer disaster.
In the ongoing ODI series against a rampant England side, Pakistan have already been brought down on the mat. With the third ODI at Nottingham, Pakistan have everything to play for. A defeat at Trent Bridge will virtually close the series. All-rounder Imad Wasim spoke to the press ahead of the game and said that Pakistan wasn’t definitely a number 9 side.
“With the talent, we’ve got, I don’t think it’s a No. 9 team,” Wasim said. “We have to show that in big matches like tomorrow. I believe we can make a comeback. We have to work hard, trust ourselves and show our skills in front of the cameras. “It’s the first time we’ve ever been No. 9 in the world. However, if we stay united – which we are – we’re going to show the cricketing world what we’re capable of, just like we did in the Test matches. We’re No.1 in them, and we’re really looking forward to putting our rankings up in the one-dayers,” the left-handed batsman added.
Imad added that it would be integral for the batsmen to put on a decent total so that the bowlers could defend that. “It’s just cricket, and it can happen to any team. We’re ready, up for it. Whatever is gone is gone – it’s done. We have to get some runs on the board, and give our bowlers a chance,” Wasim said.
When quizzed about Ben Stokes being cleared to bowl, Imad said that he was among the finest all-rounders in world cricket at the moment. “He’s a great cricketer, a genuine all-rounder and one of the best,” Wasim said. “When Ben Stokes is fit to bowl, England are definitely even stronger. But if we get ourselves right, we’re going to give them a tough time.”