Pakistan were given a cricketing lesson by the Caribbean Kings in the second GroupB match of the World Cup and no one else but Pakistan Cricket Board and team management should be held entirely responsible for one of the worst defeats.
First of all the PCB must answer one very simple question. Who recommended Nasir Jamshed’s name as Hafeez’ replacement? Everybody knows, Nasir’s footwork is the main hurdle and he always struggles while playing in seaming conditions. He had scored his runs in UAE and in subcontinent where ball comes on bat. Nasir had not scored runs in domestic nor he had come up with wonders in the international circuit, than why he was given nod of approval? It could have been far better to send Kamran Akmal in his place. Kamran, not only can bat as opener but he is much better wicketkeeper as well but Moin Khan had other ideas. God knows, why he enjoys so much liberty and despite being a tainted person, he still occupy chief selector role. It was time and again mentioned Moin’s presence with the team would hurt atmosphere of the dressing room. He has no business with the team but no heed was paid and he managed to accompany the team.
Now he has played his role very well, he must be recalled or Pakistan team should brace themselves for early departure.
Misbah’s body language was clearly telling the inside story. After losing the toss, Misbah was posing like he had lost the match. What was the purpose of paying hefty amount of money to an army of coaches, when Pakistani fielders can’t hold on to simple catches? No one could expect to win matches after dropping more than half a dozen catches. No bowler on earth could collect 20 plus wickets in one innings. Irfan, Afridi, Nasir and Umar Akmal were mainly responsible for allowing West Indian batsmen to pile mountain of runs. Bowlers had restricted West Indian batsmen for 1673 in 36 overs, but after that it seems plan B was in place as number of catches were dropped and a 143 runs were gifted in the last 14 overs. Sohail Khan took 5 wickets against India, but it was not top order and was not more than a fluke. Sohail was given a real hammering by the West Indian batsmen. He was selected as a genuine allrounder and his batting is more than enough to prove that claim completely wrong.
Pakistani bowlers were given a real hammering on the same track, where it was almost impossible for Pakistani batsmen, who created another record of worst team to lose first 4 wickets in an international match. Why PCB chairman is sleeping and not seeking answers from the management. What are Waqar and company up to? They had destroyed Pakistani team but they still managed to hang onto their respective posts and why all this is just going to be overlooked by chairman Shahryar Khan.
Why Najam Sethi still making all the shots and on what grounds such a pathetic record holder coach Waqar not fired. His contract should be removed or masses should be prepared for the worst results. Ireland are flying high while moral in Pakistani camp is rock bottom. If things continue in the same direction there is every possibility, 2007 history might be repeated and green caps might lose again to the minnows. There is an urgent need to pay attention towards team selection. Ahmed Shahzad and company, who pose themselves above the game, should be given a bashing so that no one could dare to challenge authority.
It was expected that Yasir Shah would play the match against West Indies as West Indians are known for not playing well against spinners but reasons best known to team selection committee, he was dropped. Wahab Riaz failed to impress. He should be given rest and team must enter the doordie match with five specialist bowlers. Younus Khan, Nasir must pave way for Yaisr and Sarfraz as extra bowling burden is badly hampering Haris performance. He must work on his batting rather than bowling and if team not selected based on ground realities, they should start packing their luggage.