Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria Photo- Getty

Danish Kaneria, a former cricketer, has criticized the Pakistani squad after they suffered a 74-run defeat in the first Test against England on Monday, December 5. He criticized the PCB for doing nothing to raise cricket’s calibre.

The veteran believed that during the Rawalpindi Test, the Pakistani team appeared to be illiterate. He wants Babar Azam, the skipper, to emulate the fearlessness of Ben Stokes.

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Pakistan National Cricket Team
Pakistan National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

Former Pakistani leg-spinner Babar Azam and PCB president Ramiz Raja were criticized for the team’s performance in the series opener. Kaneria stated on his YouTube channel: “We only talk about the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. The same discussion continues the entire day.”

“Pakistan had no idea. Ben Stokes’ captaincy should be an example to Babar Azam. Brendon McCullum should teach coaches all over the world. Their team does not fear defeat, whereas ours does,”  Danish Kaneria said.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Our management is concerned about losses.” They simply state that the team is doing well. We are the best team in the world. How can the Asia Cup happen without us? and so on, but we don’t look at where our cricket is going. In Rawalpindi, the wicket was known as a dead rubber,” Danish Kaneria remarked on his Youtube Channel.

“They might blame Shaheen Afridi’s absence”: Danish Kaneria

Kaneria appeared to be dissatisfied with the Pakistani bowlers as well. He criticized the bowling staff for leaking 264 runs in only 35.5 overs against England in their second innings, a startling run rate of 7.36.

The hosts, in Kaneria’s opinion, lost the game because they lacked preparation and strategy and failed to produce a reverse swing under their own conditions.

Shaheen Afridi. PC- ICC
Shaheen Afridi. PC- ICC

“They could blame the loss on Shaheen Afridi’s absence.” Others come to sell pickles if he is not available. Where is the strategy and preparation, reverse swing?” Danish Kaneria added.

It’s worth mentioning that Babar Azam and Co. must win the second test in Multan (December 9-13) to stay alive in the three-match series.