‘Pakistan making the same mistake since Partition’: Shoaib Akhtar strikes out after Manchester defeat

By: Sports Desk |

Updated: August 9, 2020 6:28:25 PM

Shoaib Akhtar beat Pakistan’s performance in the first Test. (File / AP)

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar criticized the Pakistan Test team for their loss to England in the first Manchester Test on Sunday. Blaming the colleagues for their loud approach, especially in the second innings, Akhtar said the reckless shootings and lack of cooperation were the reasons for the defeat of Pakistan.

“Pakistan had a chance to set a big goal, but made the same mistake (that they have made) since Partition. The batting let us down. We had an advantage of more than 100 runs and colleagues had to capitalize on that. But the colleagues did not succeed in forging partnerships, ‘he said.

“Shan Masood was sorry, but he had already played his part. Asad Shafiq ran out, it’s his fault again. But Babar Azam has to come up with something good, because you can not create a name like this. You can be a good player, but you have to establish yourself as a match winner, ”said Shoaib.

“If lead had not been there, we would have been off for 150-175. You have to think about what you have to do as a colleague, this is really disappointing, ”he concluded.

At bowling, Akhtar was critical of how young Naseem Shah was more focused on bowling length.

‘When Chris Woakes came out to play handball, why did he not step on it briefly and hit it on the head, making him uncomfortable so opportunities came. This is a lack of aggression, “he said.

Earlier on Saturday, as the Pakistani bowlers failed to break the partnership, England finished on 277/7 for their 10th most successful Test Run chase. Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes led a remarkable comeback for England in a three-wicket victory. Buttler was out for 75 while Woakes hit the winning runs and was undefeat at 84. Leg spinner Yasir Shah (4/99) was the most successful bowler for the visitors.

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