Former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur is not pleased with the team’s current strategy in the T20 format after they lost the match against India on Sunday.
Arthur, while speaking to ESPNcricinfo after the match, agreed with former Indian player Robin Uthappa, saying the Men in Green need to change their strategy while batting first in the shortest format of the game.
According to Uthappa, the Pakistan team revolves around Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi and they have a plan for batting second but they seemed to “shooting in the dark” while batting first.
The comments came after India won the Asia Cup 2022 thriller by five wickets in the last over, thanks to Hardik Pandya’s six off Mohammad Nawaz. Pakistan were put into bat first by the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma after he won the toss and the decision paid him off as the top order of Pakistan failed to live up to expectations and fell cheaply to short balls putting pressure on the middle order.
“I think they should [separate Babar and Rizwan]. Fakhar hits the ball in different areas, it frustrates the bowlers a little bit,” Arthur told the website.
“It is the different angles, you’ve got a left-hand and a right-hand. So, spread Babar and Rizwan and you put Fakhar Zaman back at the top.” Arthur shared that in terms of blueprint, when he was with Pakistan, they used to set themselves to get 160 batting first and then rely on their bowlers to squeeze.