The changes team Pakistan management did before match against South Africa were way overdue. The decision of dropping Shoaib Malik from crucial world cup match against South Africa was difficult considering his calibre and experience.
Legendry Pacer Wasim Akram has said that dropping veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik from the side must have been a difficult decision for the team management. “I met the team during the warm-ups before the match and they looked relaxed and up for the task,” said Akram. “It must have been a difficult decision to drop a player like Shoaib Malik from the side for Sarfaraz and Mickey but they did it because team comes first and individuals later.”
Pakistan need to win all of their remaining matches in the 2019 World Cup and hope that few other results also go their way, to keep their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals of the mega event alive.
Another former Skipper Misbah ul Huq wants two players out of the World Cup squad.
Former Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq has questioned the inclusion of pacers Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Afridi in the 15-member squad for the ongoing 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in England and Wales.
According to details, Misbah failed to understand the logic behind the duo’s presence in the Men in Green squad. “I’m really surprised that they picked Hasnain in the 15 if they were not confident to play him. Even they have not played him against England, so I don’t know why he’s there,” said Misbah according to ESPNcricinfo. “Shaheen was struggling even in the last series. He was not putting the ball in the right areas.”
Earlier Pakistan cricket team captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed said on Monday that we lose as one team and we win as one team and this has been the mantra of the Pakistan cricket team. The win over South Africa was a result of a complete team effort.
We badly needed a positive following a difficult last week when our below-par performance against India was followed by severe criticism, some justified and some unjustified.
He further added Our next opponent is New Zealand. We know they are a dangerous side, so we have to improve our Lord’s performance, set a platform in batting, take early wickets in bowling and hold catches. That will set the tone. Our win is not an answer to the critics.
We are here to play cricket and, like any other side, believe we can win the World Cup. We always do our best effort on Wednesday and all the remaining matches, said the Paksitan captain.