Pakistani team lost their opening encounter of three match test series by 74 runs against England at Rawalpindi. At the time, the Pakistani team was very close to winning the match, but the bowling change done by Ben Stokes was outstanding, and as result, English team won that historic match by 74 runs. The batters of the green army fell like a deck of cards in the last session.
Every cricket expert and fan praised the English team and lashed out at the Pakistani batting approach. Even Pakistani former pacer Shoaib Akhtar slammed the batting approach and also lashed out at PCB chairman Ramiz Raja for his comment on the Rawalpindi pitch.
Shoaib Akhtar applauded the English team’s batting approach on their mammoth win over the host and also hailed the head coach Brendon McCullum.
“Pakistan did not even take the chance which was availed to them. England gave them a chance to save the Test match but Pakistan did not take it. They have different mindsets. The situation where England declared yesterday, would Pakistan have done the same?” said Akhtar.
Their coach McCullum said that they’ll play a run a ball in Test cricket,” said Akhtar. “They won’t go for draws. Joe Root said they want to save Test Cricket. Where are you heading with this mindset? I was there and felt sad by the approach. You can’t play with a lack of courage.” Said Akhtar.
He also slammed PCB chairman Ramiz Raja and stated that you are the chairman and this is your responsibility to make better test pitches.
“Chairman himself saying we should have made a better wicket and England batted well. Brother, you are the chairman. You have the authority to make better pitches,” Akhtar added.
Furthermore, Akhtar explained why Pakistan lost the match. Nassem Shah played well, but 350 is not a big deal for Pakistan because they have already scored 150.
“England made the effort to make this Test match interesting. They gave Pakistan a chance to avoid a draw. 350 in this wicket is not a big deal. You have already scored 150. I did not see any intent or capability. No disrespect to the youngsters. Naseem Shah, you played well. But England deserves to win. No questions about it,” the former pacer further explained.