As a result of Pakistan’s humiliating 0-1 loss in the home Test series against Australia, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar has taken a strong stance against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). While the first two Tests finished in a tie, the Australians were victorious by 115 runs in the third and final Test to claim the series. Most notably, the cricketing community has been harshly critical of Pakistan throughout the series for adopting a ‘defensive’ attitude.
After the first two Tests ended in draws, the pitch conditions in Rawalpindi and Karachi garnered widespread condemnation, even though the hosts staged a remarkable recovery to rescue a tie in the second test. Both the Lahore Test and the Karachi Test seemed to be going in the correct direction for Babar Azam’s side. However, Nathan Lyon’s five wickets ensured that the Australians won the series on Pakistani territory for the first time.
As the series progressed, Akhtar became more dissatisfied with the proceedings. He lashed out at PCB for their weak approach to the series. At the same time, he was effusive in his admiration for the Pat Cummins-led side, who he said had played courageous cricket.
Shoaib Akhtar slams PCB team management for ‘utterly dismal series’
‘This has been an utterly dismal series. This is complete and utter bullsh*t. The Pakistan Cricket Board, as well as, most likely, the team’s management, had the attitude that the series should be drawn. Neither they nor we should win. We should just draw this series,’ Akhtar said on his YouTube page.
‘However, Australians ought to be commended. I’m overjoyed for them in every way. Because this is not their native country, and none of these players has ever played in Pakistan, they have come to play courageous cricket. Even though the bowlers were unfamiliar with what to do when the ball reversed under such circumstances, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins put in the gruelling hours necessary to master the profession here. Nathan Lyon, who hasn’t yet visited Pakistan, got a five-wicket haul,’ Akhtar said.
Notably, this was Australia’s first deployment on Pakistani territory since the beginning of the decade. As a result, it was predicted that Babar Azam’s squad will do well in their own backyard. The Australians, on the other hand, were in complete command throughout the series and finally took home the series victory.