WATCH: Shoaib Akhtar expresses concerns over Pakistan's sorry state after 10-wicket hammering at hands of Aus
Former Pakistan pace great Shoaib Akhtar believes Aaron Finch and Co. have given a reality check to the current No.1 side by handing them an embarrassing 10-wicket win in the third T20I of the ongoing bilateral series at the Perth Stadium on Friday. Coming to the tour Down Under after a miserable run at home where they received a historic whitewash at the hands of a second-string Sri Lankan side, the crestfallen side under newly crowned skipper Babar Azam have failed to bounce back in a format they used to dominate with former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Though a new dawn has come with Azam taking over the Green Army, the current No.1 side in the 20-over format have failed to return to winning ways. With less than a year to go in the forthcoming ICC World T20 World Cup hosted by Australia, the former World Champion side has embraced a dreadful run of form with just a single win in last 10 T20Is since the start of 2019. After three T20Is in Australia, the Azam-led side have remained winless and a hammering at the hands of the hosts by 10 wickets was nothing but an icing on the cake for drawing criticisms from all around the corner.
Another bad day on the Australian soil for Team Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/I3umI2V24o— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 8, 2019
Reacting to the embarrassing outcome, former speed merchant Akhtar raised worrying signs for the Green Army and said that the torrid run of the T20I side has been a sad scenario for the 2009 champions. "Sad scenario Pakistan lost the game, it's not a very happy sign. You understand the capacity of the team and at the same time you can gauge the level of talent you have. Now you can well understand where you are standing. World Cup is around the corner and before that, you have 8-9 T20I game left, do well I wish them best of luck," Akhtar said in the video shared by him on Twitter.