'Pakistan is still playing 80’s cricket,' Shoaib Akhtar rips apart Babar Azam and Co. after Australia T20Is
It seems to be a never-ending plight for Pakistan in the shorter formats. While their downfall remained prior to the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, things have only gone down further for the Men in Green following the conclusion of the showpiece event. Returning home after the 50-over World Cup, Pakistan played host to Sri Lanka in three ODIs and as many T20Is in Karachi and Lahore in early October. While they won the ODIs, 2-0, all hell broke loose when they were whitewashed in the three T20Is against second-stringed Islanders. This led to the removal and sacking of Sarfaraz Ahmed as Babar Azam replaced him as skipper in the shortest format.
The Misbah-ul-Haq-coached Pakistan commenced their tour of Australia with three T20Is with hopes of a revamp under a new leader. However, the script remained the same as they lost to the Aaron Finch-led side by 2-0. The 2009 champions lost the series decider by 10 wickets when they had a chance to sign off the series at 1-1. Put into bat in Perth, Azam and Co. were restricted for 106 for 8 as only two of their batters crossed single digits. In reply, Finch and David Warner's unbeaten 109-run stand ended proceedings in a flash.
Thus, the former Pakistan pacer, known as Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar expressed in disappointment on his latest episode from his YouTube channel. He said, "If Pakistan continues to play in this clueless manner they will continue to suffer. It is a sad scenario. The World Cup is next year. They need to think about what they want to do. Pakistan needs to get up. The world has moved on. Pakistan is still playing 80’s cricket. They can’t do that."
The Men in Green have only a solitary win in the calendar year in the shortest format. They still hold the numero uno spot in the latest ICC T20I rankings but have teams like Australia and England breathing down their neck in the standings. Talking about Australia, the Yellow Brigade are on a rampage and attained their longest winning streak (7) with win over Pakistan. Both sides will now lock in the two Tests, which will mark the visitors' campaign in the ICC Test Championship.