Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan poked fun at Pakistan’s bench strength after their defeat in the second T20I against Sri Lanka. In a conversation with Shoaib Akhtar on his Youtube channel, Younis raised an empty chair when asked about bench strength of the team.
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Akhtar was also unimpressed with the defeat and with Misbah-ul-Haq. He questioned Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector and said: “Pakistan cricket will never improve by giving one person the entire power and responsibility. You can save money by appointing one person as Coach and selector, but the thing will only improve when the board will look for people who have an eye for the talent.”
Pakistan are facing the ire of their fans after the home team suffered a series defeat against a second-string Sri Lanka with one match still to be played. In bot the matches, Pakistan bowlers leaked scores in excess of 160 and the batsmen failed to chase down the total, even though the dew factor has had an impact on the game.
In the first T20I, the visiting team registered 165 runs on the board. In the chase, Pakistan were bowled out for 101 in 17.4 overs.
In the second T20I, Sri Lanka scored 182/6, courtesy of Bhanuka Rajapakshe’s 77 off 48. Nuwan Pradeep once again stepped up and scalped four wickets as Pakistan failed to play full 20 overs again after being dismissed on 147.
Pakistan have conceded the series with one match still to be played. It is highly likely that the selector might take a call on Sarfraz’s captaincy in the shortest format.
Although the home team had won the ODI series 2-0, wit the first game washed out due to rain. Pakistan will travel to Australia for three T20Is and two Tests next month, where unfavourable results can see a change in captaincy.