Complete rout

Unpredictability tag stays

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Since we have only one obsession in sports, ie, cricket it is bound to generate debate and controversy every time there is a contest. A win being the other name for success has many fathers whereas a defeat is an orphan. When we won the One Day series against the visiting Sri Lankans, there was a lot of praise thrown around for the new management and coaching staff and all. The boys were seen to be gelling together like a well-knit unit. Things went in Pakistan’s favour even when they were not meant to be.

The day changed, the venue changed, the format changed, the winning combination changed, and this spelled a different result for the team as well. The first T20I in Gaddafi Stadium with two stalwarts- Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad – with hundreds of international matches under their belt, were brought in as according to the new coach and chief selector they have great potential. They both scored 4 runs between themselves. Akmal did a better job of the two for he did neither waste his own time nor the balls. Only one ball was enough to send him back. Shehzad consumed over a dozen balls to score measly four before himself sending the ball to the wickets.

In a post mach presser, the man with a dual role Misbahul Haq defended his decision to include the two controversial players who have been out of the team for their non-serious attitude as well as poor performance. The cricket connoisseurs however doubt the wisdom of his decision and are in favour of trying out the fresh talent instead. An insider reported that Misbah and the batting coaching are passing the blame on to each other for not doing their job. Well, this was precisely the reason that the two most important posts were merged and invested in one person for the first ever time to avoid passing of the buck in case of a failure. If the same happens again, that will be unfortunate. Misbah has two more matches to prove he was right in selecting the two players with ‘potential.’