Shoaib Akhtar takes a cheeky dig at Pakistan team after humiliation in T20Is against Australia
Since Misbah-ul-Haq took over as the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, the team’s performance in the shortest format of the game has gone downward spiral. After losing a three-match series against a second-stringed Sri Lankan team 0-3, Pakistan suffered a 0-2 loss against Australia in the three-match series Down Under. Soon after Aaron Finch’s men thrashed the visitors by 10 wickets to clinch the series, former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar took a dig against Pakistan by sharing a cheeky post on social media.
Down & Under, Down Under.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 8, 2019
If you know what i mean.
Currently ranked as the No. 1 T20I side, Pakistan were earlier stunned by a second-stringed Sri Lankan team, who thrashed them 3-0, in their own backyard. The series loss led to a lot of introspection and the sacking of Sarfaraz Ahmed. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not only dropped Sarfaraz as the captain but also removed him from Pakistan’s squads across formats. Babar was named as Pakistan’s captain for the T20I series against Australia and while he has done a decent job with the willow, the team is heavily dependent on him to do most of the scoring.
In the final match against Australia, Pakistan once again let their fans down as the team was bowled out for just 106 runs. Just two batsmen in Imam-ul-Haq (14) and Iftikhar Ahmed (45) registered double-digit scores. In reply, Aaron Finch (52* off 36) and David Warner (48* off 35) looked in fine rhythm as the opening pair added unbeaten 109-run stand for the opening wicket to see their side through in style. Australia had defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets in the 2nd T20I and had the rain gods not intervened in the opening game, the series result might have been 3-0 in favour of the Aussies.
Barring Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed, none of the Pakistani batsmen showed any teeth in the T20I series. With the 2020 World Cup scheduled to be played in Australia next year, Pakistan think-tank has plenty of work to do ahead of the mega event.