Greenshirts’ poor show


WINNING and losing is a part of the game. However what really disappoints the fans is when the players do not give their one hundred percent and lose without putting up a fight.

The same happened on Sunday when the Greenshirts in the final of Asia Cup against Sri Lanka appeared to be totally out of touch and form in all the three formats.

Our bowling start was good. At one point it seemed as if Sri Lanka would not even be able to bat out their full overs.

However, after the first 10 overs, Pakistan captain Babar Azam surprisingly opted for a defensive approach.

This as well as the dropped catches allowed Sri Lanka to make an almost miraculous recovery to finish with 170-6.

In reply, the Greenshirts made a horror start to the run chase whilst laborious batting in the middle overs consigned Pakistan to a 23 run defeat.

Whilst the Sri Lankans really deserve Kudos for their par excellence performance on the ground, we will also suggest the top management of PCB to conduct an inquiry as to what resulted in the total collapse of the national team in the final.

In the whole tournament our middle order totally failed to deliver. Those promoted from the lower order, especially Nawaz and Shahdab performed outstandingly which enabled Pakistan to reach the final.

Without naming anybody, we have no doubt in saying that the existing middle order is not capable and mentally tough to take the pressure of T-Twenty matches.

Incumbent Chairman PCB has undoubtedly worked tirelessly to bring improvements in the team because of which the Greenshirts in the recent past played some good cricket.

But before the T-Twenty World Cup begins in Australia next month, the PCB should seriously consider changes in the team.

The players consistently failing must be shown the doors. Conditions in Australia will be tough for us and our batters have always struggled there.

Hence, technically sound and correct players should be included for this mega event to avoid the embarrassment the Greenshirts faced at the hands of Sri Lanka in Dubai.


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