‘Clueless’ – Shoaib Akhtar lashes out at Pakistan batsmen for their lackluster batting in third T20I
Pakistan are the No.1 side in T20s at the moment although they lost their last series 0-3 against Sri Lanka at home.
Updated - Nov 8, 2019 4:10 pm
Pakistan overhauled their national team’s set-up after the World Cup debacle and even got rid of one of their most successful captains Sarafaraz Ahmed recently showing its strong ‘zero tolerance’ stand on poor form. They picked two new captains in place of Sarfaraz to lead in the Tests and T20Is besides opening the gates for new players for the ongoing tour of Australia. But the end result has not been too different on the ground as the Men in Green were seen struggling in the third T20I against the Kangaroos.
Pakistan averted a defeat in the first game in Sydney last Sunday, thanks to the rain. In the second match in Canberra on Tuesday, they lost by seven wickets. On Friday, Babar Azam’s men faced yet another batting debacle in the final match in Perth and could manage only 106 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs after Aaron Finch won the toss and sent them to bat first. Only two batsmen could cross two-figure marks with Iftikhar Ahmed top-scoring with 45. Debutant Khusdil Shah scored only eight.
Shoaib Akhtar lashes out
Ahmed was the top scorer in Canberra with an unbeaten 62 but not many batsmen could give him much of a company in the last two games. Captain Azam scored a couple of fifties in the first two games but fell for just six in Perth. The visitors looked weak against the Australian pace troika of Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott and Kane Richardson who took seven wickets in unison.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, who is never afraid of articulating his thoughts on his country’s cricket, spoke in a disheartening tone on Twitter. In a less attacking post, though, the Rawalpindi Express said one could use the word “clueless” to define what was going on with Pakistan’s performance in the third match. Pakistan are the No.1 side in T20s at the moment although they lost their last series 0-3 against Sri Lanka at home.
You can define the word 'clueless' with whats going on right now.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 8, 2019
The 44-year-old Akhtar had lashed out at Sarfaraz’s Pakistan after its insipid show in the World Cup, especially against India and called the former skipper “brainless” after he won the toss and asked India to bat first.