By: Pervez Jamil
Captaincy blunder why Pakistan cricket team was embarrassed in the first 20-20 against Sri Lanka.
Pakistan won the toss on a batting paradise blended and blessed with very fast outfield.
Without going into details of similar past blunders our captain offered the match to the opponents on a silver platter by opting to field on a batting wicket with fast outfield.
Who would not agree batting first after winning the toss and posting a big total on a batting wicket with fast outfield would have exerted pressure on the team batting second! The less said the better.
Folly followed blunder by wrong pair of opening bowlers. While Imad Wasim was accurate, Fahim Ashraf was a pedestrian with his pace resulting in match winning hamering for Srl Lanka.
For team’s sake why at all Fahim Ashraf included despite his repeated big match failures! With Imad better pressure would have been exerted with Amir indeed.
Sri Lanka were toying Pakistani bowlers and fielders all over the place and posted a monumental and match-winning total of 265 in 20 overs.
Imagine batting blundered too with wrong selection and displacing set and in-form openers like Fakhar Zaman and Abid Ali of the 50 over format.
The best folly was when the batting flopped and failed captain Sarfaraz promoted himself to be off color and out of sorts at number 4, the key batting position in all forms and formats of the game!
Lessons were not learnt from the previous big outings as our pathetic cricket history repeats itself when we have not learnt from our past blunders and follies.