Pakistan has struggled tremendously in the on-going series against New Zealand and former Pakistani speedster, Shoaib Akhtar, has plenty to say regarding the matter.
Akhtar, who has filled in as a pundit on both local and international stage, claimed that Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy has been very passive.
Referring to the 4th ODI, Akhtar expressed his anger for not applying pressure. He claimed that the Kiwis all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme, was allowed to play freely and no pressure was applied from either the bowlers or the field.
I saw many flaws in Sarfraz’s captaincy in this [4th ODI] game. Amir did not bowl a bouncer to Grandhomme, who had just come in to bat. There was no slip for Grandhomme, singles were being allowed easily.
However, Shoaib also praised Grandhomme for his ‘sensible’ batting against Pakistan. The Kiwis marched to victory thanks to his efforts where he scored a solid 74 from just 40 deliveries which included 7 boundaries and 5 sixes.
Earlier, a number of former players and analysts criticized Pakistan of not putting up a fight in the series. Ramiz Raja also shamed Pakistani batsmen for not being able to play against the short ball.
Younis Khan, who recently won the domestic cup, defended the team and said:
They [Pakistan team] should be backed right now rather than being bashed by everyone.
However, they should be adopting to the conditions better; they can’t just keep using that as an excuse every time they travel anywhere.
They will have to work hard on the skills required to flourish on such pitches. Their technique needs to improve, just blaming the conditions after every defeat won’t suffice.
With a lot of improvement required to avoid a whitewash, Pakistan will play the final game of the series on 19th January.