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Defeat from India: Pakistan cricket team needs a complete overhaul

India

Pakistani cricket fans and former players have reacted with disappointment and anger to the national team’s defeat against arch-rivals India in their Asia Cup Twenty20 match. A large number of fans who had gathered at different spots in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi on Saturday to watch the match on giant screens amidst an atmosphere of festivity left upset and angry. Television channels showed some of them raising slogans against the Pakistan Cricket Board and players demanding their ouster while in some other parts of the country disappointed fans broke television sets with sticks. Reports said that in some areas of Punjab angry fans had burnt effigies and posters of captain Shahid Afridi and other players. Pakistan has been barred from participating in the IPL and it is no surprise that we were so comprehensively defeated by India in the opening match of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. The pitch was certainly unexpectedly difficult for batsmen – a rarity in international cricket these days – but that is no excuse for failing to even reach a hundred. The Indian bowling attack is far from potent and the way we meekly subsided shows we stand little chance of putting up a respectable performance at the upcoming World T20 championships. The gulf between our batsmen and those of India, Australia and South Africa is too vast in what is a batting-centric format of the game. While losing to India is more painful, regular doses of this bitter ointment may be exactly what we need. The Asia Cup and World T20 championships may be lost causes but we can use them to build new talent rather than persevere with the same tried-and-failed lineup. There was one bright spot in an otherwise painful match, as Mohammed Amir’s rehabilitation continued and he delivered a masterful spell of fast bowling. It has always been that way with Pakistan as our fast bowlers, usually among the best in the world, struggle valiantly to undo the damage caused by our batsmen. Amir has shown once again why he was considered the most exciting talent in the game and, though he still has to pass many more tests in his integration to the team, he has already become our spearhead. Pakistan’s own recovery will be longer and the development of the PSL as a genuinely competitive T2O league should accelerate that development. The next few years, as players like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez are put out to pasture, will be transitional. We now need to ensure the transition is a successful one.

 

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