With the 21-run defeat against Australia in last group match of World T20, misery of Pakistan’s poor performance in the mega event came to an end. Before the match players knew it was a must win game to keep any hope alive to be in the run for semi-final slot. But as it happened throughout the tournament, team Pakistan was not good enough to compete at the highest level. That’s the reason they are lingering at the 7th spot in ICC ranking.
In the crucial match, bowlers were all over the place. Fast bowling is strength of team proved a myth. They conceded 60 in the last five overs. After Australia set target of 194, it was always difficult for Pakistan to chase it down which they have never done before. Their highest chase is 175. Fielding is an essential part of the game to win the matches; Pakistan gave away about 20 extra runs due to fielding fumbles. While Australian fielders were quick on their feet and saved runs which helped them to bag the match.
Team management and captain did awful job in reading the pitches. In the crucial match against India, in a spin friendly pitch Pakistan played with four fast bowlers. Excessive shuffling in batting order also did not help. There were also speculations about grouping in team.
No doubt cricket team played in a pathetic manner but in spite of over criticizing them we should look forward to make the things right for future. Complete overhaul of Pakistan cricket is needed, from board to team to selection committee. There is need to work at the grass root level to produce quality players.
Complete overhaul of Pakistan cricket is needed.