Shoaib Akhtar blasts ‘shameful’ Pakistan performance in 3-0 defeat to 2nd-string England

Written by Vipin Darwade

Former Pakitan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Tuesday tore into the Pakistan cricket team and the country’s cricket board, saying it is in a “hopeless and treacherous” situation. Akhtar’s comments came after Pakistan were hammered 3-0 in an ODI series against a second-string England side in the absence of the hosts’ first-choice squad.

Babar Azam hit his highest ODI score of 158 but it ended in vain as England, led by James Vince and all-rounder Lewis Gregory, chased down a mammoth total of 332 in just 48 overs in the series finale on Monday. Pakistan had England reeling at 165 for 5 but Vince and Gregory stitched a 129-run stand for the 6th wicket to take the game away from Pakistan.

Nonetheless, it was an improved showing from Babar Azam’s side which was comfortably outplayed in the first 2 ODIs. While the visitors were bundled out for 141 in the first ODi, they failed to make 200 once again in the 2nd ODI.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar said he was hurt by the lack of fight from Pakistan, especially in the first 2 ODis.

In fact, England had only Ben Stokes from their first-choice team as Eoin Morgan’s side, which had hammered Sri Lanka 3-0 earlier this month, was put in isolation after some of its members tested Covid-19 positive. Players were pulled from the County Championship, and former players and rested players recalled for the squad that was scrambled in the eleventh hour.

“Pakistan has lost the series 3-0. It’s not defendable. In the last 3 matches, we didn’t see any fight from the Pakistan team,” Akhtar said while stressing that he is not slamming the authorities to land a job with the senior national team.

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