HYDERABAD: The Pakistani cricket team’s recent performance in the Test series against the Blackcaps played in the UAE has raised many questions. Although the Greenshirts were favourite to win the series, they lost it 2-1. The whole team — except for opener Azhar Ali and leg-spinner Yasir Shah who got 200 Test wickets in just 33 Test matches to shatter the 82-year-old record — could not play aggressive cricket. The team’s overall performance showed incompetency against the New Zealanders. Once again our batting failed to deliver particularly on day 5 of the 3rd Test in Dubai. New Zealand set 280 runs for the Greenshirts to win on day 5, but it could not be reached.
In return, our team was dismissed at just 156 runs in 56.1 overs within just two sessions. Our team lost the Test series and was demoted from 6th to 7th on the ICC Test rankings. The team management and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed himself are responsible for the defeat. The skipper’s performance in the recent past has also disappointed the Pakistani fans as he failed to bat skilfully almost in all formats of the game. The PCB chairman needs to ask the captain and the team management regarding the debacle in the UAE. Prime Minister Imran Khan must also take notice of the team’s bad performance against the Kiwis.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2018.