After a series upset against Sri Lanka at home ground, there are serious question marks on the Pakistan cricket team, its performance and the performance of the selection committee and coaches.
This story basically starts from the Cricket World Cup 2019 held in England. In this world cup, Pakistan cricket team could not qualify for the semifinals of the mega event on the basis of net run rate. Pakistan and New Zealand had the same points on the points table but due to the net run rate, New Zealand was able to qualify for the semifinal. Later on, after beating India, the favorite of the world cup 2019, they made their way to final and unfortunately they were the runner up of this world cup.
Let’s come to the performance of the Pakistan cricket team. Pakistan lost to India but they created an interesting situation after beating the winner of that world cup, England. In this way, Pakistan announced themselves again an unpredictable team.
But this was not long-lasting, Pakistan could manage to win against Afghanistan after a very interesting competition and a very close game in the end. The moral of the story is that the performance of Pakistan Cricket Team was not up to the mark in world cup 2019 and they were ruled out from the semifinals. Particularly, a lot of questions were asked not only on the captaincy of Sarfraz Ahmad but also on his individual performance.
After the world cup, Sri Lanka came to Pakistan to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20 internationals. This was a comeback of international cricket to Pakistan and it was the first visit of Sri Lanka after the attack on their team in Lahore in 2009.
Remember that, a lot of Sri Lankan players refused to come to Pakistan due to security reasons. The Sri Lankan Cricket Board selected a very young and inexperienced team for this tour.
This series was a challenge for Sarfraz Ahmad to sustain his captaincy. Pakistan won the 2 out of 3 one day matches and one was abounded due to rain. But the real story starts from the t20 series.
In the 3 match series of T20, the Pakistan team was outclassed by a young Sri Lankan Team in all three departments of batting, bowling, and fielding. They won the series by 3-0 and whitewashed Pakistan. Remember that this happened when Pakistan was ranked 1st in T20.
This series was also the first series for Misbah ul Haq as Head Coach and chief selector of Pakistan Cricket Team. So again, a lot of questions were asked on the coaching and captaincy again. As a result, Sarfraz Ahmad had to left not only the captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team, but he was also dropped from the team as well for the upcoming series against Australia.
Azhar Ali was made test captain of the team and young talented Babar Azam was announced as a captain of T20. This tour has become a real challenge for all the players, coaching staff and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Now, Pakistan lost to Australia the T20 series by 2-0. The test series has also started. The performance of the Pakistan Cricket Team was satisfying in tour matches. Now all eyes are on the results of test series. Let see how the Pakistan Cricket team and coaching staff handle the pressure.