Plenty of hopes just went in vain as Pakistani players disappointed their followers with showcasing such a heartbreaking performance in the Asia Cup.
Entering the Asian tournament as favourites, Pakistan failed to manifest their planning even against underdogs Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
From abysmal batting performance to the fielding weaknesses, Pakistan were quite short in all departments which cost them hugely.
The team who is playing in the UAE since a decade, they faced the hassle to understand the conditions so it will not be called pressure but the legacy of the team management and the players as well.
The green caps started their campaign on a winning note that gave a hope to their fans that their team will outclass their counterparts and lift the coveted trophy of the 14th edition of the Asia Cup.
But what happened next– after winning against minnows Hong Kong, really put us in considerable anxiety.
The nation who was dreaming that their team would lift the World Cup trophy next year, dismayed after their team walked in the direction of a banana peel.
Pakistan’s performance against Afghanistan not only made the Afghani’s hero but raised serious concerns for Pakistan being a prominent side of the cricketing World.
The men in green dropped five catches overall to lead plenty of questions about the newly appointed fielding coach, Grant Bradburn.
Hailed from New Zealand, Bradburn took charge of Pakistan’s fielding unit from this tour and so far failed to inherit any positive changes to team’s fielding.
On the other hand, the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed clumsy batting show throughout the whole Asia Cup has raised many questions.
His poor stats in last 10 innings put him under immense pressure and prior to that his captaincy has come under plenty of questions.
The right-handed batsman only scored one half-century in his last 10 ODI innings which must be a distress for him as well as for the team management.
One more thing to highlight here is that the selection of bowlers was not up to the mark as experienced Junaid Khan was sitting on the bench and Mohammad Amir despite being out of form, played almost the whole tournament.
Junaid Khan who picked four wickets conceding just 19 runs in nine overs against Bangladesh ensured that he was the best possible option for Pakistan to go within big matches against India.
The young fast bowler, Hasan Ali who bagged man of the tournament award in the Champions Trophy also failed to deliver something special for the team as he remained wicketless against India in all important matches of the tournament.
Now all Pakistan need is to focus on their next assignments and try not to repeat past performances. The next six months are crucial for Pakistan to prepare themselves for the mega World Cup tournament next year in England.