Lahore: Former cricketers have criticized the Pakistan Cricket Team after a lackluster show in the third Test match at Edgbaston.
Mohsin Khan says “Both the bowlers and batsmen failed to perform in the third Test at Edgbaston and Hafeez should be dropped from the team.”
Legendary pacer Wasim Akram said “As soon as England put pressure on the visiting team, their batting line got confused and lost its confidence.” Meanwhile former batsman Muhammad Yousaf said “Younus is facing problem because of his increasing age. He keeps jumping on the wicket rather than playing the ball on merit.”
Former fast bowler Waqar Younus said “The resistance put up by the tail-enders proved that the experienced batsmen could have avoided defeat had they shown more responsibility.”Former Pakistan opener Amir Sohail criticized the people responsible for handling cricket affairs and said that they lack the sense of understanding important planning issues.
Former wicketkeeper batsman Rashid Latif said “We need to develop a good all rounder to create balance in the team.” Shoaib Akhtar said the team needs to get rid of overage players.
England despite going into a deficit managed to post a good total and forced Pakistan to be on the defensive for which both the bowlers and fielders are to be blamed. The guest team batsmen could have resisted on the fifth day and led the match to a draw but they played silly strokes and lost wickets.
Wasim Akram said “Due to the absence of a fifth bowler it became easy for England to break Pakistan’s dominance as we do not have good All-Rounder’s to fill this gap. When England started putting pressure in the fourth innings, Pakistan’s batting line lost its confidence and kept losing quick wickets and lost a golden chance to win the series. I have always kept saying that Hafeez’s technique is not suitable, Sami Aslam on the other end showed good performance proving that there is talent in the country but it needs to be groomed.”
The fourth and final Test match between Pakistan and England is scheduled to take place at The Oval from the 11th of August.