With one ODI remaining to be played, Pakistan cricket team suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to New Zealand in the ongoing five-match ODI series. Resultantly, Pakistan pacer legend and former cricketer, Shoaib Akhtar, has heavily criticized current Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed over his captaincy during the team’s fourth One Day International (ODI) against New Zealand, which was played on Tuesday (16 January).
Shoaib Akhtar, who is renowned for having an outspoken and gritty approach, pressed on the shameful fact that New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was given full room to play and whack the ball, without any sort of pressure from the Pakistani bowlers and fielders.
Many flaws in the captaincy of Sarfraz Ahmed
Shoaib Akhtar said that when Colin de Grandhomme stepped on to the crease, he should have been subjected to merciless bouncers by Pakistan bowlers, especially Mohammad Amir. However, that approach was absent from the green team. Akhtar was quoted by PakPassion as saying,
“I saw many flaws in Sarfraz’s captaincy in this game.”
“Amir did not bowl a bouncer to Grandhomme, who had just come in to bat. There was no slip for Grandhomme, singles were being allowed easily.”
The pacer legend, who had taken the bowling avenue by storm back in his days, appraised Kiwi batsman Grandhomme for his ‘sensible’ batting against the Pakistani team. The 31-year-old Grandhomme slammed the Pakistani bowling unit by scoring a devastating 74-run knock off just 40 deliveries, which included seven boundaries and five sixes.
Ramiz Raja had criticized Pakistan’s batting unit
As reported by Business Recorder, former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja had earlier scrutinized the Pakistani batting order for it’s incapability to deal with the short ball in the bounce friendly Australian wickets.
New Zealand are up 4-0 in the five-match series, and are threatening Pakistan with a clean-sweep when the 5th and last ODI takes place on Friday (19 January).