Karachi: Mismanagement, favouritism and most importantly lack of patriotism was the case with Pakistan cricket team, who conceded a humiliating 84-run defeated from West Indies in a crucial World T20 Championship match on Tuesday at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, believes former cricketer Abdul Qadir.
“The team played with the emotions of millions of Pakistanis. I expect several resignations, from captain, consultants and people in the management,” infuriated Abdul Qadir told PPI.
In a virtual quarterfinal encounter, as the team West Indies which had won the match made it to the semifinals, Pakistan was bundled out for a measly total of 82 runs chasing a total of 166 runs.
“This is not the way a professional team performs. I saw a great deal of irresponsibility from everyone. (Skipper Mohammad) Hafeez had the players in the team on the basis of his liking. The selection of the team had been illogical since it was selected on the basis of favouritism,” Qadir, who had been a selector in the past, said.
“How could a player like Anwar Ali cannot find a place in the side and an underperforming Shoaib Malik tried several times. Talented players like Junaid Khan and Mohammad Talha were not in the team. People responsible for such discrepancies in selection and other irresponsibility should be taken to task,” he added.
Moreover, Qadir further criticized Hafeez for spoiling Sohaib Maqsood’s game. “He (Sohaib) is well suited for number three spot but Hafeez seems insecure and have sent him at number six, which is big injustice to the upcoming player,” he added.
“Hafeez is not a batting all-rounder and I think he should go down the order and give more chance to players like Sohaib or Umar Akmal at number three,” he said.
Qadir also criticized PCB chief Najam Sethi for taking the nation for a ride. “The nation really believed and pinned great hope and what they get was this humiliating showing from the team.”
He further took a dig in at PCB CEO Subhan Ahmed, who enjoys expensive perks from PCB, saying that if the president was not a cricketer then at least the CEO should have been a former cricketer in order to have some understanding of the game at the top level.
“CEO had the responsibility to have known such devastating outcome. I believe he should resign or otherwise Sethi should demand it officially,” Qadir said.
The former spin maestro added that Wasim Bari, a former cricketer and who also have administrative experience should be brought in as the new CEO.
“There is a great need to make amends from top to bottom both in the team and PCB management. Otherwise the country would not forgive them,” he added.