The Pakistan cricket team has been going through a rough phase as despite being an unpredictable side, the ongoing World Cup has been quite disappointing for them so far. They have only one win from their first five games. That against the big guns hosts England but their losses have been by substantial margins to derail their chances of reaching the semi-finals. Meanwhile, former pacer, Shoaib Akhtar expects a plethora of changes in the team soon enough.
In their first game of the tournament, Pakistan was bundled out for a meager score of 105 against the Windies and after that, they registered a 14-run win against England. The 1992 World Cup winners then failed to cash in and make the opportunities count against defending champions, Australia as they lost by 41 runs. In their fifth game, they lost to arch-rivals India for the seventh successive time in World Cups.
Pakistan currently standing at the eighth position on the points table with just three points placed just above Afghanistan. Hence, they need to win every game to stand a chance to finish among the top four and qualify for the semi-finals. However, the Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men need to play some tough games against South Africa and New Zealand in the coming week.
The Men in Green’s poor show in this World Cup has left a few former cricketers disheartened. Not only the five games Pakistan have played in this World Cup, but they have also been struggling for a while now.
Shoaib has been pretty vocal in expressing his displeasure in the way Sarfaraz’s team has played in this World Cup. He has criticized Sarfaraz’s fitness and captaincy and now has gone on to say that there are multiple Pakistani cricketers who will face the ax after this World Cup.
In his Youtube Channel, Akhtar said, “After the 1999 World Cup, 10 players played for the next 10 years for Pakistan. In contrast, there are seven players in this World Cup squad who will be out of this side soon.”