Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by one point in Perth, Australia on Thursday in the Group 2 Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup.
The cricket department of Pakistan and its fans are very angry at this loss. Zimbabwe were considered a weaker team than Pakistan, but this loss crippled Pakistan.
Earlier, India beat Pakistan by four wickets. After two consecutive losses, the road to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup has become difficult for Pakistan.
Zimbabwe had given Pakistan a target of 131 runs and that was not considered a very difficult target. Since that defeat, Pakistani cricketers have faced criticism from their own people.
Pakistani captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan were dismissed early. After his dismissal, the Pakistani midfield order was once again broken.
Shan Masood was seen struggling to win Pakistan but he too failed. Shan Masood and Shadab Khan shared a crucial 52-run partnership for the fourth wicket and brought Pakistan to the brink of victory. But the result was not in Pakistan’s favor due to Zimbabwe’s slow bowling.
The impact of Pakistan’s defeat was not only visible on the fans there, but the players also looked upset and hurt. Some Pakistani team cricketers got so emotional that they couldn’t control themselves.
A video of Shadab Khan crying goes viral. In this video, he is seen crying on his knees in the pavilion itself. The media officer is seen in the video manipulating them and taking them inside from there.
According to Pakistani media, this video of Shadab was taken by one of his fans.
After losing two matches, Pakistan are yet to play three more matches. If Pakistan are to reach the semi-finals, they will have to win all three matches and it will also depend on the performance of the rest of the teams.
Former Pakistani captain Wasim Akram appears to be angry with current captain Babar Azam. Wasim Akram has also raised questions about the selection in the Pakistan squad after the loss to Zimbabwe.
Speaking to A Sports, Wasim Akram said: “You know the Australian pitch but there is no planning. This is all the captain’s job. We know Pakistan’s middle order is weak. Now, that boy is sitting Shoaib Malik. If I was the captain my goal would be to win the World Cup by any means. If I had to give my dad an ass for that, I would.
“If I want Shoaib Malik, I will go and tell the president and the manager that I will not play until I have the players on my mind. Babur will have to be smarter. It is not a local team that my knowledge will come. If I had been there, I would have put Shoaib Malik first in the middle order.
When Wasim Akram was saying this, Shoaib Malik, Waqar Yunus and Misbah-ul-Haq were also with him. Pakistan’s next game is against the Netherlands on October 30 in Perth. Although Waqar Yunus says that the anger is eliminated in the middle, but even the openers are unable to score points.
Waqar said: “When you are the captain, you are experimenting and giving someone else a chance. The captain doesn’t feel safe. The captain will have to make some sacrifices. He has to think for the team. C is the difference between a captain and a leader.” Wasim Akram said he asked Babar Azam to finish third in the PSL but refused.
There is an ongoing debate among ex-Pakistan players regarding Babar Azam. Former Pakistani cricketer Yunus Khan told ARY News: “Now there is very little hope for Pakistan to reach the semi-finals. Very disappointed after the loss to Zimbabwe.
And another former Pakistani cricketer Kamran Akmal Said: “Pakistan didn’t even play average cricket with Zimbabwe. Shaheen Shah Afridi was sent to bat by the captain when his physical condition was not good. The role of captain and coach has was very disappointing. The players in our team have taken personal goals. Everyone makes decisions in their ego. Babar should not be captain after this World Cup. He is under great pressure. If Babar understands then he should give up the captaincy.After leaving the captaincy, his baton will be left.The same happened with Virat Kohli.
Yunus Khan said Babar Azam made captain’s mistakes again and again. He said: “There is no spark in the captaincy of Babar. To lead a nation you have to be a great leader. It is not visible in Babur. Babar is a good batsman but not a good captain. I had given up the captaincy four times.When you have to deal with your staff, you have to show leadership.