23 October, 2020

Stumped Vision

What ails Pakistani cricket? Mismanagement, ego clashes and a very low player morale, to start with.

Pradeep Mandani
Stumped Vision
Around mid-June this year, Pakistan not just beat Australia in the world champions' own backyard, it was also one of its most convincing victories. A much-humbled Ricky Ponting said he needed to find an answer to Shoaib Akhtar if Australia were to nurse any hopes of retaining next year's World Cup in South Africa. Ponting's predecessor Steve Waugh thought that Pakistan looked like a side to take on all comers. Back home, they were lauded and feted, with President Pervez Musharraf hosting a reception in the presidency and presenting half a million rupees to each player.

But that was then. Now, in less than 90 days since that power-packed performance, the same Pakistan outfit is in absolute tatters, struggling to even put up a challenge to any halfway decent side. Having lost six of the last 10 odis, coach Mudassar Nazar stands sacked, midway through the ongoing Champions Trophy in Colombo. Richard Pybus, the South African who ditched the team last year after the England series, is likely to be reappointed in his place, for the fourth time in three years! Only Waqar Younis,...


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