Defeat from India: Is PCB’s ax going to fall on Afridi?
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2016-03-22 13:28:30

Defeat from India: Is PCB’s ax going to fall on Afridi?


Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has publicly expressed his disappointment with the team after it lost a much hyped match with India on Saturday. Speaking to a British news agency, Shahryar said, “Pakistan ranks seventh in the T20 format. So the country should not pin much hope on the team.” PCB chief said that in the match against India the team failed to grasp wickets. Criticizing the decision to include Mohammad Sami in the squad he said, “If three fast bowlers could not help the team win, a fourth would not make things better. There should have been a spinner in the team.” In a statement which surprised many, he openly criticized team captain Shahid Afridi. “His future is evident. After the World Twenty20 ends, we will begin looking for another captain.” The less said about the performance of Shahid Afridi and his team the better. The captain did what he usually does, unable to contribute with bat and ball and making baffling decisions on the field. The speech given by Imran Khan at the opening ceremony did not seem to have the intended effect, though a leaked video of Umar Akmal complaining to Kaptaan about not being sent higher up the order hints at possible divisions in the team. We now have to beat Australia and New Zealand to reach the semi finals. For some, it may even be preferable if we do not pull off that miracle since it will only paper over the cracks and postpone the much-needed reckoning. Pakistan has fallen well behind the rest of the world in the T2O format and what was most depressing about the loss was how utterly predictable it was. As the girls showed earlier, quality bowling is a national trait but both teams need to sort out their batting in what is rapidly becoming a sport dominated by the bat. For now, we have a win to savour but much work left to do.




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