Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan's Performance Disappoints Shoaib Akhtar

Updated - 10 Jan 2019, 12:13 AM

Shoaib Akhtar, Asia Cup 2018, Pakistan
Pakistan's performance in the Asia Cup 2018 had left Shoaib Akhtar disappointed. Image Courtesy: Getty

Former Pakistan speedster, Shoaib Akhtar was very disappointed with the performance of Pakistan team in the Asia Cup 2018.

Of late, Pakistan bowed out of the Asia Cup 2018 after losing their final Super fours game against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Despite the defeat, Akhtar stated he will always stand by the Pakistan team through thick and thin.

Taking to his twitter handle, Akhtar wrote,

“Really disappointed to see PAK team collapsing like this. I really hope management selectors & players get their act together b4 next series but never mind still standing with PAK team.”

It was indeed a pretty disappointing performance by the Pakistani side in a do or die clash for both the teams. However, it has been a topsy-turvy tournament for Pakistan, and they never deserved to qualify for the final especially after getting thrashed by India in the group stages. They were beaten quite convincingly by 37 runs on Wednesday, and their batting performance was just not upto the mark.

They began Asia Cup 2018 with a resounding victory against Hong Kong. However, they received a thrashing at the hands of India in the very next match as well.

Pakistan bowed out of the Asia Cup 2018, and Shoaib Akhtar was pretty disappointed with the performance

The Men in Green managed to eke out a narrow victory by three wickets against Afghanistan to keep their place in Asia Cup 2018. India proved to be way too stronger to their liking, as they lost their next Super four match against the arch-rivals by nine wickets. It was a dominating performance by the Men in Blue. Both the openers scored centuries to make the Bangladesh-Pakistan clash a virtual semi-final.

However, Bangladesh managed to score a competitive score of 239 runs before being all-out in the penultimate over. The Pakistan bowlers made a great comeback in the final few overs to force their way back into the match. However, their batting department was not upto the mark and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018
Shoaib Akhtar said despite Pakistan bowling out of the Asia Cup 2018 he will always back the Pakistan team. (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

Moreover, it was Imam-ul-Haq who kept the Pakistani team in the chase. However, the target proved to be too big in the end, as they fell short by 37 runs. It was a great performance by the Bangladesh bowlers. Left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with four wickets behind him.


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