Pakistan team was standing at the no.1 position in the ICC T20I rankings and recently, they suffered a huge blow as a young Sri Lankan team completely outplayed by 3-0 in the three-match T20I series. Pakistan was not expected to do so badly, especially when Sri Lanka were without several of their star players.
After the series loss, Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed had to answer some serious questions. In the post-match press conference, when a journalist asked Misbah the reason for the team’s poor performance, he snapped and sarcastically replied that “the only change that has happened is me”.
In a video uplaoded by the Pakistan cricket on Youtube, Misbah said, “The only change that has happened is me and it seems that I have done something wrong. I have made the right-handers’ bat left-handed and asked the right-arm bowlers to bowl with their left hand. This is the only reason I can think of right now, otherwise, why would it happen.”
The journalists also asked Misbah about the poor performance of leg-spinner Shadab Khan, replying to the same Misbah said that the lack of back-up wrist-spinners in their domestic circuit. He even challenged journalists to name one wrist-spinner who is performing at the domestic level and is not being picked in the Pakistan team.
Misbah recently became the head coach of the Pakistan team just a while ago said these were the same cricketers who are playing for the last three-odd years and it was an eye-opener for all and that there were several questions to answer. Sarfaraz talked on the same lines of his coach and said that they became the No. 1 T20I squad with the same set of players and that there was no pressure from the team management as the players had been given a free hand to play their natural game.
Sarfaraz also took responsibility for the team’s poor performance and defended the coach saying that the team management was doing hard work off the field but the players had failed to execute their skills.