Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has slammed Pakistan coaching staff and taken an indirect shot at head coach Misbah-ul-Haq after the team got all-out for 99 and lost the 2nd T20I vs Zimbabwe by 19 runs.
Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik (L) with current head coach Misbah-ul-Haq (Reuters Image)
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Discarded Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has slammed Pakistan coaching staff led by former cricketer Misbah-ul-Haq after the team got all-out on 99 and lost the 2nd T20I by 19 runs against Zimbabwe on Friday.
Shoaib Malik, who last played for Pakistan in September last year, has suggested that the Asian team should opt for an ‘international white ball coach who understands cricket inside out’.
The 39-year-old added that ‘unacquainted decision-makers’ should take a backseat and allow captain Babar Azam to go about his business. He also accused the coaching staff of making decisions on the basis on ‘likes and dislikes’.
“Unacquainted decision makers need to take a step back; Babar & chief selector need to call the shots. In my opinion we need an international white ball coach who understands cricket inside out & grooms our captain whilst giving clarity to our players for coming time…
“When your management relies on likes & dislikes especially when your cricket is just in surviving mode, then what else do expect as a nation? On top of that when you don’t let your captain take decisions this is bound to happen…,” Shoaib Malik said in a tweet.
Further, former batsman Ramiz Raza has termed the defeat ‘dark moment in the history of Pakistan cricket’.
“Dark moment in the history of Pakistan cricket. Pakistan players played reckless shots and there was no technique or partnership. Muzarabani was the only quality bowler in their line-up and if you get a chance to watch the replays you will see that our batting seemed so ordinary against him,” said Raja on a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
Chasing a target of 119, only 3 Pakistan batsmen managed to score in double digits as Zimbabwe levelled the series 1-1. The final T20I will be played on Sunday.