Fans, Ex Cricketers Criticise Pakistan’s Approach | PAK vs ENG
After a one-sided defeat in the 7th T20I at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Pakistan Team received huge criticism from fans as well as former cricketers for not putting up a fight. First, the Pakistani bowlers conceded a huge total of 209. This was the first instance that a total of 200+ was scored at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore in T20Is.
Then during the chase, Pakistan lost their most reliable pair, Babar and Rizwan for a collective total of 5 runs. Afterwards it was just too difficult for the rest of the batters to score runs. Shan Masood scored 56(43) in a run chase that required aggressive approach. Only 2 sixes were struck in the entire innings of Pakistan, which is unacceptable in a run chase of 200+.
None of Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah could play an impactful innings. The approach was heavily criticized by the fans.
It seemed like fans were not too happy with the answers of coaches during the press conferences.
The Sultan of Swing, and former Pakistani captain, Wasim Akram also blasted criticism on the approach of Pakistani team. Wasim Criticized their approach on air saying that there is no point of taking the game that deep if you are not even going to try to win. Waqar Younis made similar remarks.
Fans even criticized the coaching panel for creating this sort of a mindset in the team. Saqlain Mushtaq in one of the earlier matches said that its all done by nature, some days you lose and some days you win. This received heavy criticism from the fans and the media, and now with a similar statement by Babar Azam, people want a change in the coaching staff that will eventually lead to the change of mindset of the players.
The 7 match PAK vs ENG series ended with England winning 4-3. Pakistan did win some good matches, but their batting was a huge concern for them.