The Pakistan cricket team received nothing short of a whitewash in Australia, this embarrassing defeat has brought members of the leading party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) under the cross hairs of new criticism. Following the humiliating devastation of the prized national cricket team, immediate changes are being implemented to the team.
While, it was naturally expected that the Pakistan Cricket team would shine under the management of a prime minister who himself was the captain on the national team, it is still light years away from that vision. Senator Faisal Javed Khan on December 4, told media that Prime Minister Imran Khan was not able to concentrate on sports, as he was focused on stabilizing the economy and working on strengthening the different government sectors which are in a deplorable state.
Meanwhile, with 2020 almost upon us, a severe lack of implementation of what the government has claimed they would deliver is prevalent. The revival of cricket, a promise made by the Imran Khan is far from being materialized. The progress of sports in general has witnessed a major decline, during the last five years, owing to bad management.
According to the recent Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH) rankings, Pakistan currently holds the number 17 spot, which is five places lower than the previous rank maintained by Pakistan, making it the lowest ranked team among top Asian hockey playing nations.
The management regarding the cricket team is utterly vacuous, and the roles seem to have been haphazardly defined. It is imperative to note, that the post of head coach and chief selector of the Pakistan cricket team is held by a single person. The individual responsible tasked with both of these roles, is no one other than former captain, Misbah Ul Haq himself. This duo role has diminished the balance of a head coach’s opinion and the chief selector’s judgement, producing a biased system of selection and judgement of players.
Furthermore, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi made some shocking revelations about personal grudges held by head coach Misbah ul Haq, and bowling coach Waqar Younis against Sarfaraz Ahmed. It seems the lack of regulation has shifted the focus from representing Pakistan on a national level to cheap personal feelings and vendettas. Dropping the former skipper ended up costing the Pakistani cricket team enormously.
Pakistan’s most capable bowlers have not seen any significant additions in the last 3 decades.
Delving into the heart of the issue, another key observation is the severe lack of, new bowlers to the Pakistan cricket team. This has naturally led to a weaker bowling front enacted by the Pakistan cricket team. Similarly, the fielding department is also lagging far behind with the decline of Pakistan team’s fitness.
Biased management may also be responsible to the lack of responsibility and dedication being displayed by the players like Imam ul Haq, who performed meekly in the test match against Australia, where he was dismissed for 2 and 0 in the first and second innings, had a very nonchalant behavior about it. A vexatious picture of him, sharing a laugh with Australia coach went viral on social media, which shows an all around, non serious attitude towards his profession.
While it is often claimed without a second thought, that the opposing forces are responsible for all the shortcomings of the government, it is obvious that the new government is struggling to deliver. These ‘opposing forces’ are definitely not to blame for the Pakistani cricket team’s ‘humbling’ defeat. The cricket team, which is a source of national pride was promised to be further augmented, but the prime minister was focusing on other stuff is not a valid reason at all. If our prime minister is so easily side tracked, what else is he missing?
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17 November, 2019