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2015-11-30 10:41:18

T20 poor performance: Chinks in Pakistan’s armour need to be curbed

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Pakistan must dramatically improve their fitness and fielding before they can be considered serious contenders at next year’s World Twenty20 Championship in India, captain Shahid Afridi says. Pakistan went down by three runs in a last over thriller in Dubai on Friday, handing England an unassailable 2-0 lead with the final match in Sharjah on Monday. England survived Afridi’s blistering eight-ball 24 to defend a 173-run target. The fireworks masked Pakistan’s sloppiness in the field and some indifferent death bowling. And Afridi said there was plenty of work to do before the big event next year despite Pakistan’s number 2 ranking in T20 cricket. Pakistan have many weak links in their line-up starting with skipper Shahid Afridi. The ageing all-rounder did show glimpses of his big-hitting prowess in Friday night’s second T20 International but failed to finish off the job. His showing with both the bat and the ball in recent times has not been up to the mark and that is certainly affecting the Pakistan side. In a splintered dressing room like Pakistan’s a captain has to lead from the front to get the best from his troops. This is not happening. The problem with Pakistan is that they don’t have many captaincy choices. Also it might be a bit too late in the game to change horses in midstream. Afridi will have to somehow regain his touch as an all-rounder so that he can lead by example before and during the World T20 championship to be held in India during March-April. The national team also needs to show some spine in its top and middle-order batting. A target of 160 odd runs is not considered to be that hard in the 20-over format but our batsmen see it as a Herculean task. Our pinch-hitters will have to show more aggression and learn to play as few dot balls as possible. The series defeat against England in the UAE has exposed several chinks in Pakistan’s armour and it is now up to our cricket think-tank to take timely measures to curb them in the lead-up to what is our team’s most important assignment in 2016. 

 

 

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