I feel teams are fine-tuning their combination, and Pakistan needs to learn: Ramiz Raja
Paistan, recently, drew their T20I series 1-1 against England after losing the Tests 0-1.
Updated - Sep 5, 2020 4:09 pm
Various former cricketers have been pointing fingers at the Pakistan cricket squad after their dismal performance against England in the recently concluded series. While some said they need to be more confident on the ground, the others questioned their decision-making skills. In the same manner, their former opener Ramiz Raja believes that cricket played by their nation seems to be directionless.
The Men in Green are not even firm on their stand of either going with youth or relying on experienced players. Raja stated that on the one hand, they have made young Babar Azam as their skipper for the T20 format, on the other hand, they are still moving with some aged players. The veteran was asked that when strong contenders like Australia and England are planning ahead of T20 World Cup, Pakistan don’t seem to be on the same front.
He replied, saying that their team needs to learn from the Aussies and Englishmen. Raja said while responding queries from Sawera Pasha on the YouTube show Cric Cast. “I feel teams are fine-tuning their combination, and Pakistan needs to learn. I am still saying that unless you see the combinations from all angles, it will not be a wholesome exercise for the World Cup,” Raja was quoted as saying.
Pakistan lacks patience : Raja
The 58-year-old opined that while heavyweights like Australia and England keep experimenting with their combination, Pakistan seem to have very little patience. As per Raja, they wish to find out the winning combination immediately, making things even harder for them.
“England and Australia are still in the experimental stage, even though they are well-established sides. But Pakistan is trying as though they want the combination now itself, and it will be seen whatever happens after 8-months. They want to make an established unit now itself and just start winning.”
On being questioned if Pakistan aren’t being able to get rid of their senior players because it may give rise to some anger, Raja said that ruthlessness is the only requirement in such scenarios.
Imran Khan led Pakistan to glory in the 1992 World Cup while having a young side apart from having players like Javed Miandad.