Pakistan bowlers unhappy with skipper’s criticism after Cape Town defeat
Pakistan is 2-0 behind in the series and the skipper wants them to put up a much better display in the last game.
Updated - Jan 8, 2019 7:02 pm
The last assignment for the Pakistan team in 2018 was the three-match Test series against South Africa. They had a lot to achieve here as the team had lost four of the six Test series’ they played in the previous calendar year. However, after the first two Tests, the scoreline is in favour of the home team and one of the major reasons for their failure is the inconsistency of the pace attack. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed known for his outright approach didn’t fail to mention that during post-match presentation.
Sarfraz was disappointed having lost the Test series in South Africa and he blamed his fast bowlers for not being up to the mark. The pace attack which includes the likes of Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Abbas, Shaheen Afridi and Hassan Ali failed to make an impact as a unit. At no point in the two matches did they look as penetrating as South African pace attack despite pitches and conditions aiding their cause.
Bowlers unhappy with Sarfaraz’s criticism
The Pakistani skipper in the post-match presentation was harsh on the pacers for not delivering at par with their potential. He also mentioned that his fast bowlers were finding it difficult to bowl at 140 clicks regularly whereas the South African seamers were constantly bowling at 145.
He also pointed out the lack of discipline as all his bowlers delivered too many loose balls and gave the opposition batsman the opportunities to score. Sarfraz also stated the most common belief that for a team to win a Test match they need the bowlers to pick up 20 wickets.
According to reports, the Pakistani fast bowlers are not happy with the captain’s comments as he criticised bowling unit for not showing up when the team needed wickets and it is believed that the team’s environment has been obnoxious since the press conference.
Meanwhile, Sarfraz has demanded the team to come back stronger in the third Test and even if they are to go down in the series it should be with a fight. The wicketkeeper-batsman at the same time praised the batting unit for the fight they put up in the second innings which helped Pakistan to avoid an innings defeat.