Albeit cricket is an uncertain game, but there are some certainties in this game, and there are some writings on the wall which could be read from a distant distance. One of the older ones from those writings are the fact that in Pakistan the cricket is decaying, and whole of Pakistani team right now is full of idiots and creeps.
At last after so many defeats and insults, most of the former Pakistani test players have opened up their wounds and are speaking out rightly in this regard. Here are some of the statements by the former Pakistani captains, mostly from the newspapers.
Former wicketkeeper Rashid Latif said Pakistan had lacked the mental strength and reserve to outplay India.
“There were moments in the Test when we could have shut out India from the match but we lost those moments due to careless and unprofessional play,” he observed.
“What is the use of runs and wickets if they are not meant for the team and don’t come under pressure,” Latif said.
He, however, praised Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling insisting he needed more support at the other end.
Former pacer Azeem Hafeez said the way the batsmen were playing, it appeared they were still in one-day mode.
“The Indians scored runs when it mattered the most. We couldn’t do that. Misbah, Butt, Younis, Yousuf, Malik all got out after getting good starts. They played careless cricket.”
He said no Pakistani liked to lose to India and it was time the players put in more efforts to at least draw the series.
“No team from Pakistan has lost a Test series in India since 1979-80 and it would be a shame if this record is also broken. Our batsmen need to show more responsibility and bat for long periods.”
Rameez Raja said there was a need for radical steps to be taken to overhaul the Pakistan cricket system.
“I just feel after watching the one-day series and the Test that a tendency of selfishness has crept into the performance of some players. They are only playing for themselves and not for the team,” he said.
“And until the players give priority to the team, the performances will not improve,” he told the ‘Express’ newspaper.
Rameez, who is in India as commentator, also alleged that there were some people in Pakistan cricket who had their own agendas and were not sincere about improving cricket in the country. Former players needed to be involved to scout out new talent, he said.
“There is a dearth of good openers and bowlers in Pakistan. There is no doubt about that.”
Javed Miandad, who had also been national coach three times, lamented that the batsmen were just not playing Test cricket as it should be played.
“There was nothing wrong with the Ferozeshah Kotla pitch. The players just needed to apply themselves and play patiently. It is shocking the way some of them got out. With this attitude how can you win matches at the top level,” he questioned.
Former Test opener Mohsin Khan said Pakistan had lost the match by being bowled out for just 231 in the first innings.
“We squandered the advantage of batting first on this sort of a pitch. If we had played with enough concentration and application and set India a target of around 300 runs, we would have won this Test. Sadly that application and character was missing from our batting.”
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