Former cricket greats link loss to India with lack of planning


ISLAMABAD: Former cricket greats have linked Pakistan’s loss to India in Saturday’s World T20 game with lack of planning.

Former captain Amir Sohail said that Pakistan committed gross mistakes against India adding that the decision to play four pacers ran countered to restrict Indian batsmen from scoring runs freely.

“Pakistan needed at least one spin-bowler. Had Imad Wasim or Nawaz been there, they would have proved very dangerous contenders for India,” he said while commenting on the reasons of Pakistan team’s defeat against India.

He said that if it was necessary to play Mohammad Samih, then he would have been replaced with Wahab Riaz but a genuine spinner would not have been given rest. Former leg-spin wizard Abdul Qadir said that lack of planning cost Pakistan dearly.

“It seems our team is consisted of accidental professionals. They still don’t know what true professionals are and how they play,” he said.

He was also critical of the decision to play four fast bowlers and said that Pakistan should have learnt from New Zealand, who despite having quality pacers relied on their spinners to defeat India in their first match.

Former test cricketer and a seasoned voice in Cricket Basit Ali said that Pakistan team had no plan for their all-important match against the arch-rivals.

“There are always two plans – plan A and plan B. If plan A fails then plan B is used. But there seemed no plan in the match against India,” Basit said.

“Afridi’s decision to come one down was also totally wrong. Hafeez, who was top scorer in the last match, was sent at number seven. This is also incomprehensible,” he said.

He was of the view that the conditions at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens Stadium were suitable for Mohammad Hafeez and wicketkeeper batsmen Sarfraz as they both stay on the wicket and play sweep shots but they were sent down the batting order.

All-rounder Abdul Razaq was also of the view that Pakistan’s planning against India was very poor. “If will continue behaving like that we’re not going to win,” he reckoned.