Former Pakistani spinner – Saqlain Mushtaq has blasted the head coach of Pakistan – Mickey Arthur for poor team management and selection which lead them to get knocked out in the Super 4 round of Asia Cup 2018 against Bangladesh last evening.
“In this tournament, Mickey Arthur never had a clear vision of what is the best combination or what is the best eleven for Pakistan. We will keep doing too many experiments. The batting line-up had no quality,” Mushtaq was quoted
Mushtaq blamed the team’s lack of competitiveness, due to facing not so formidable opponents after the ICC Champions Trophy of 2017.
“In the Champions Trophy, there was Mohammad Hafeez. Azhar Ali was also there, but we put a label on him which said that Azhar can’t play one-day cricket. I believe that if Azhar is best in Test cricket, I think he will be able to do well in ODIs. He is still the best player in the top order whom you can rely on. There is no strategy whatsoever,” he added.
“We never played against a top team after the Champions Trophy. We played against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan or Bangladesh. If you play with lower-ranked teams, you will not improve and you won’t know where you are going,” Mushtaq concurred.
Pakistan fell short of the target of 240 by 37 runs against Bangladesh in the virtual semi final match and missed out an opportunity to face India for the final game of the tournament.
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