Karachi: Former Pakistan cricketers reacted with disbelief to their national team’s shock defeat against Zimbabwe in the first One-day International, saying both batsmen and bowlers put up an extremely disappointing performance.
“If I was in the team management, I would not have spared any of the players. It is difficult to comprehend how they could lose to a team who are struggling and placed at the bottom of the rankings,” former Test cricketer Abdul Qadir said.
Pakistan were beaten by seven wickets in the first ODI after having won the Twenty20 series 2-0. Despite captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s 83 and Mohammed Hafeez’s 70, Pakistan could post a modest 244 for seven, and Zimbabwe comfortably reached the target in 48.2 overs to win their first ODI against Pakistan since 1998.
Clearly the defeat hurt more since India had rested five of their key players, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for their recent tour to Zimbabwe and still ended up winning 5-0 with a reserve bowling line-up.
“The batting was a big flop as 250 is not good enough against Zimbabwe with our batting line-up and the bowlers failed miserably. They were very, very disappointing,” Qadir said.
Former captain Zaheer Abbas said no team should be taken lightly. “I think we underestimated Zimbabwe, specifically their batting. We played just three specialist bowlers and even they didn’t impress at all. Batting and bowling are both areas of concern,” he said.