Last Update on: October 3rd, 2022 at 07:43 pm
Former Pakistan National Cricket Team pacer Shoaib Akhtar has slammed Babar Azam and Co. after their T20I series defeat against England in their own backyard and has made a bold claim about Pakistan’s hope in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Pakistan National Cricket Team and England National Cricket Team were recently engaged in a thrilling seven-match T20I series. The Three Lions emerged victorious in the series by 4-3 after defeating the Men In Green in the series decider by 67 runs.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar asserted that it shouldn’t come as a surprise if the Men In Green crash out in the first round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022. He added that the middle-order batting unit of Pakistan is in a miserable position and the middle-order batters get under pressure after the dismissal of openers early on in the innings. He elaborated:
“As I have said before, I fear that this Pakistan team can go out of the world cup in the first round itself.
“Pakistan middle order is not good. Plus Pakistan’s openers if they don’t perform, the middle order gets into pressure. This is not the way to go into a world cup if you want to win the world cup. It is very sad.”
It’s very sad to see that Pakistan is not doing well – Shoaib Akhtar
Akhtar further said that the Pakistan team management will have to get their middle-order sorted as soon as possible. He also said that it’s disheartening to see Pakistan not performing well.
“That’s why I had criticised Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan’s head coach) and others to get your middle order and batting order in order. Somehow, they are not listening. It’s very sad to see that Pakistan is not doing well. It’s disheartening.
“It’s looking dire. It’s not going to be easy for the management from here. Hopefully they learn a thing or two, start watching my videos (smiles) and improve,” he further stated.
Speaking on his YouTube channel last month, Shoaib Akhtar expressed the same sentiments, saying that the Men In Green might get knocked out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in the first round itself.
“With this team, we might get knocked out in the first round itself. I am really scared as our batting has no depth. Our captain is also not cut out for this format as he always looks for classic cover drives. He wants to look classic,” he had said.
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