Pakistan’s fielding unit was quite impressive before the Asia Cup 2018. So far in this tournament, the fielding of the national side has become awful as nine outfield catches were dropped.
At different times in history, Pakistan has been a very good catching side. Recently, Steve Rixon stepped down as Pakistan’s fielding coach which affected the green shirts’ performance a lot. In Steve’s tenure, Pakistan’s catching in front of the stumps improved from 77% to 85%.
Rixon’s departure reason is still unclear but coach Mickey Arthur didn’t want him to leave less than a year out from the World Cup. Arthur also believes that the role Rixon played in getting our fielding standard up was very significant so he deserves a lot of credit for that. But what has happened to those high standards? It seems like Rixon’s replacement Grant Bradburn is somewhere lacking to maintain the fielding standards.
It is true that our bowlers’ incompetence to create opportunity is of serious concern more than a dropped catch, but the fact remains that a better fielding unit can change the dimensions of the game.
Pakistan suffered a massive blow against India twice in an ongoing Asia Cup, today the Green shirts will play an important match against Bangladesh which will decide the second finalist of the tournament.
The winner of today’s match will play against India on Friday, 28 September at UAE.