Shoaib Akhtar, former Pakistan pacer lambasted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for bringing in “average players” and said the team is playing “school-level” cricket with Pakistan finding themselves in a difficult position in the second Test against New Zealand.
Pakistan lost the 1st Test and preceding T20I series by 2-1. New Zealand who won 1st Test by 101 runs after Kane Williamson scored a century. Kane Williamson scored his 3rd successive ton as New Zealand scored a mammoth 659/6 declared with 3 batsmen including the skipper scoring tons.
Shoaib Akhtar : Pakistan Bringing And Playing Average Players
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls scripted the third-highest partnership for the 4th wicket for the Kiwis in the longest format of the game as the hosts completely dominated the Pakistan bowlers. The 369 run 4th wicket partnership saw Kane Williamson scoring yet another double ton.
“The policies of the Pakistan Cricket Board is seeing them get what they had sowed. They keep bringing and playing average players, and they keep making an average team and will continue to do average work and because of this, average results will keep coming,” Akhtar said in a video he shared on Twitter.
“Whenever Pakistan will play Test cricket, they will be exposed. They are playing school-level cricket and the management has made them school-level cricketers. And now they are again thinking to change the management but when will you change?” he added.
This was Kane Williamson’s fourth double ton and this knock of 238 was his third in second consecutive series after he scored 251 against West Indies in previous Test series and 129 in 1st Test. Shoaib Akhtar criticized Pakistan’s team management and coaches for the team’s lacklustre performances against New Zealand.
Shoaib Akhtar joins the list of cricketers criticizing the newly appointed coaches as the trio of Younis Khan, Waqar Younis and Misbah-Ul Haq have come under criticism for poor treatment of senior pacer Mohammed Amir.
Kane Williamson Scores Another Double Ton As Kiwis Dominate Day 3 Of 2nd Test
Kane Williamson played an innings of 238 and New Zealand declared on 659/6 taking a lead of 362 runs on the third day of the second game. Henry Nicholls and Daryl Mitchell contributed 157 and 102* runs respectively as the hosts put a gigantic total on the board.
Pakistan had to bat out 11 overs before stumps and Kyle Jamieson who picked 5 wickets in 1st innings sent back Shan Masood (0) to the pavilion. The visitors ended the day on 8/1 — trailing New Zealand by 354 runs.
New Zealand is leading the two-match series against Pakistan as they secured a 101-run win in the first game.