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Shoaib Malik opens up on Pakistan’s group-stage 2024 T20 World Cup exit
By SMCS - Jun 17, 2024 8:20 am
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Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has slammed Pakistan for their liking and disliking culture while picking the national team after
their exit from the 2024 T20 World Cup. He also slammed the team for their lack of game awareness in pressure situations. The veteran also added that players don’t even follow the process to overcome their hurdles as well.

Pakistan team
Pakistan team

Speaking to Ten Sports Pak, Shoaib Malik said: “I still have an association with cricket. I play only (domestic) T20 cricket with Pakistan, and I played the last one as well. I have played for the Sialkot team. I felt miserable that our players coming through the ranks have no game awareness. It’s our best tournament after PSL. There is too much bad condition at the bottom level. We can’t come out of liking, disliking; it’s our culture. It’s developed over the years. But please the players with merit who don’t have someone to speak for them, they don’t get chances. I feel miserable about it. You should at least have game awareness.”

“Losing or winning is secondary against associate teams but you should look dictating in terms of playing the game. There is no game awareness at lower levels and we can see that with the Pakistan team as well.”When the match enters crunch situations, there is no game awareness. At least you should know the process of how to cross the hurdle. Here the players don’t even know the process as well,” he again added.

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Team India witnessed a horrifying collapse

Ahmed Shehzad recently accused Pakistan of picking his friends over raw talents. He said (via Geo News): “We don’t play cricket to win bilateral series but to win ICC events. Did we win any event in the last 4-5 years? If we didn’t win, I would say there are gangs, friendships and tola with an agent, who has been manipulating cricket for the last 4-5 years.”

“Look, he is carrying players from a long run. The players are out of form for a long time. It doesn’t look good. I think that because of friendships, they decided that they are the ones (to dictate). It’s okay but you have to keep the nation first.” When C, D, E teams came (in Pakistan), you didn’t give them enough opportunities. So, how you can evolve bench strength? How do you prepare them for the future?” he concluded.