Just when we thought the situation was at its worst, we fell further into a humiliating abyss. Pakistan cricket team had already lost the ODI series 2-0. In the last match we were just playing for respect.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat against Bangladesh at Dhaka. Umar Gul, Z. Babar and debutant Sami Aslam were included in the line up. Hafeez was cleared to bowl again. Sarfraz, Ajmal and Rahat (injured) were out.
The successful opening stand of Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam brought 91 runs, before Sami feathered a catch off his glove. The elegant, left handed 19 year, with an impressive domestic and U19 record made 45 runs off 50 balls, with 7 fours. He is clearly one to watch for the future and deserving of a permanent slot.
Captain Azhar Ali performed well reaching 101 before falling. Haris Sohail contributed with 52. From 203 for 3, came an epic collapse to finish all out on 250, with an over to spare.
Such is the Pakistani psyche, that a wicket or two will usually unsettle the following batsmen so much that they will play rash shots and topple. Misbah ul Haq was very familiar with this, as he often observed from the bowlers end. Confidence and a positive mental approach is vital for success.
The Tigers in return chased down the score easily in 39 overs with the loss of only 2 wickets. Sarkar stood out with an unbeaten 127, from 110 balls (13 fours, 6 sixes). Pakistan bowling continued to be ineffective.
Congratulations to Bangladesh for comprehensively beating Pakistan in the ODI series 3-0.
The ease with which they brushed aside Pakistan was astounding. They continued to bat, bowl and field much better than Pakistan.
This ODI series has been a huge embarrassment for the PCB and Pakistan team. Never have I witnessed such an appalling display by a Pakistan squad. The level of punishment sustained in each game has been shameful. The ease with which the Bangladeshi Tigers mauled Captain Azhar Ali’s ‘Cornered Kittens’ was shocking.
Prior to this series Bangladesh had only beaten Pakistan once in the 1999 World Cup. In the last week they have beaten Pakistan three times.
For fans it feels like their worst possible nightmare. Being white washed by Bangladesh and falling to No.8 in the ICC ODI table.
With only a few exceptions, most of the Pakistani players have lost the guts and fighting spirit, that their predecessors had in abundance. Would A.H. Kardar, Fazal Mahmood, Hanif Mohammad Mushtaq Mohammad, Javed Miandad, Asif Iqbal and Imran Khan given up without a fight? Never!
Whatever the team dynamics they put themselves on the line for the green and white ‘Chand Tara’ flag.
As for the PCB management and coaching staff, replace all of them with people who know what they are doing.
If you can bear to watch any more cricket the next match is a Twenty20 on Friday 24th April. Captain Boom Boom Afridi and fan favourite Ahmed Shehzad will be making a return.