Lahore: Former cricketer Ramiz Raja has slammed Pakistan cricket team following their series loss against a second-string England side on Saturday.
Ben Stokes-led England defeated Babar Azam’s Pakistan by 52 runs in second ODI at Lord’s to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Raja criticized the team heavily for their below-par batting and expressed his disappointment on his Youtube channel. “If you map this series defeat on the Richter scale, the value of shock will clock fifteen. It’s a massive blow and I don’t understand how one can defend it. It’s England’s No.2 team, in terms of talent.”
“If you take out Ben Stokes, not a single player of the team that defeated Pakistan would get selected in England’s regular team in near future. We are talking about a glorified county team that has beaten Pakistan. People underestimated them and hoped for an ODI series win in England. But look how the tables have turned that now Pakistan are under the threat of a whitewash,” he added.
Raja questioned team selection and highlighted the sadness among the Pakistan fans, stating that the team is losing their love and support.
“You saw their sad faces at Lord’s. They take pride in Pakistan cricket but we have lost their love and strength. Their attendance in England, Australia and even in South Africa are decreasing because their expectations are dying,” he maintained.
“How much more time should be given to the coaches before their performance is judged? Extremely awful selection. Some overrated players keep on playing for Pakistan,” Raja added.
Raja concluded by saying that enough is enough as the team is nor improving.
“I don’t understand how to back this team. We expect them to improve some areas and learn from their mistakes. But enough is enough. Fans are heartbroken and they have a chance to make big changes in the team otherwise it would be a tough season.