‘Achar Bechne Aaye The?’, Ex-Pakistan Players Slams Babar Azam & Company For The Loss Against England

In the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, England made history by defeating the Asian powerhouses and earning the nation’s first victory in the game’s longest format in 22 years. The Pakistani batsman was bowled out by England bowlers, particularly the pacers, on the final day, as they defeated Pakistan by 74 runs. The pitch had been dead for the previous four days.

The approach taken by England to end the Test Match with a victory was applauded by everyone in the cricketing community. England declared early on the fourth day itself to set a target of 343 runs, which was easily chased on the flat Rawalpinidi track. Everyone criticised the host nation Pakistan’s defensive strategy for drawing the game rather than winning it. Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistani leg-spinner, also voiced criticism, albeit in a very harsh way.

Kaneria attributed the defeat to PCB president Ramiz Raja and captain Babar Azam. He said, “Abhi hamari management ake baat karegi, Babar Azam baat karenge, PCB k head baat karenge ‘acchi cricket kheli England ne, hume unse seekhna chaie. Toh seekho na. Kab seekhoge? Time Guzar jayega. (Now our management will talk, Babar Azam and the PCB chief will say ‘England played well and we should learn from them’. It’s already too late to learn).”

Danish Kaneria also made fun of Pakistan’s pace attack, which was lacking in bite without Shaheen Afridi. He said, “They might blame Shaheen Afridi’s absence for the loss. If he’s not available, then dusre achar bechne aaye thhe? (Did the others come to sell pickles?) Where are the planning and strategy, where is the reverse swing?”

According to the former leg spinner, Pakistan should learn a thing or two from Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum’s leadership skills in leading their England team to victory in the Test Match.

He further added, “We only talk about the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. Pura din wahi manjan chal raha hota hai (The same discussion continues throughout the entire day). Pakistan were clueless. Babar Azam should learn from Ben Stokes’ captaincy. Coaches around the world should also learn from Brendon McCullum. Their team doesn’t fear loss, but ours does.”

He concluded with saying, “Our management fears losses. They only say that the team has been doing good. We are the No. 1 team. How can the Asia Cup happen without us? etc., but we don’t check where our cricket is heading. We made the wicket which was called dead rubber in Rawalpindi.”

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