Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP
Shahid Afridi played in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is for Pakistan.© AFP

Shahid Afridi slammed Bangladesh and urged them to do some “soul searching” if they want to succeed in global cricket. Former Pakistan dashing batsman Shahid Afridi was not pleased with the pitches in Bangladesh despite his country completing a clean sweep in the three-match T20I series.

The destructive opener batter slammed the visiting country and urged them to do “some soul searching” if they want to succeed in global cricket.

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shahid Afridi Criticizes Bangladesh Pitches Saying Bangladesh Really Needs To Do Some Soul Searching

Cricket experts have heavily criticized Bangladesh cricket for making sluggish pitches during the recent tours of New Zealand and Australia to the country. Notably, ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Bangladesh put up a great show by defeating both Australia and New Zealand in the bilateral T20I series at home.

However, Ban played horribly in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and lost all 5 Super12 stage games. On the other hand, New Zealand and Australia made it to the final of the T20 World Cup 2021, and the latter won their first-ever T20 World Cup title.

Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)

Shahid Afridi made the comments on Twitter, where he wrote: “Bangladesh really needs to do some soul searching, do they want to win on such pitches and give ordinary performances abroad and in World Cups? They have great talent and passion for the game but desperately need better pitches if they want to progress.”

Shahid Afridi’s comments came moments after the conclusion of the third and final T20I between both sides, which saw the contest go right to the final delivery of the match.  Meanwhile, after putting a strong show in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan unit continued their impressive run in the shorter format.

Bangladesh Lost The 3 Match T20I Series 3-0

Bangladesh, who won the toss and decided to bat first in the third T20I, posted a paltry 124/7 in 20 overs, but a slow approach saw Pakistan require eight runs in the final over. Mohammad Naim top-scored for the hosts with 47 runs while Shamim Hossain and Afif Hossain contributed with 22 and 20 runs, respectively, while the rest failed to fire yet again. Mohammad Wasim and Usman Qadir picked up two wickets each for Pakistan, while debutant pacer Shahnawaz Dahani and Haris Rauf grabbed one each.

Captain Mahmudullah came on to bowl his only over of the day and dismissed Sarfaraz Ahmed and Haider Ali in consecutive deliveries before Iftikhar Ahmed smashed a huge six off the fourth ball, denying him a hat-trick.  With two runs needed off two balls, Iftikhar Ahmed went for glory but ended up being caught for six at backward point.

New batsman Mohammad Nawaz then hit a four through extra cover to take Pakistan home. Mahmudullah, who finished with 3/10, rued their total earlier with the bat.

Mohammad Nawaz hit a last-ball boundary to seal Pakistan's victory AFP/Getty Images
Mohammad Nawaz hit a last-ball boundary to seal Pakistan’s victory AFP/Getty Images.

Bangladesh faced a 3-0 series defeat against Pakistan at home, and after the defeat in the third and final T20I Shahid Afridi came up with a Tweet stating that Bangladesh needs to do some “soul searching” if they want to give good performances in away games as well as global tournaments. All three T20Is were low-scoring affairs, with visitors Pakistan claiming the three-match rubber 3-0.

3rd T20I: Pakistan 127 for 5 (Haider 45, Rizwan 40, Mahmudullah 3-10) beat Bangladesh 124 for 7 (Naim 47, Wasim 2-15, Qadir 2-35) by five wickets