On Friday, Akhtar slammed the PCB and the national team for not playing fearless cricket against Australia in the three-match Test series that just ended.
On Friday, Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistan bowler and global cricketing superstar, slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the national team for not playing fearless cricket against Australia in the three-match Test series that ended earlier this week. On his official YouTube channel, Akhtar chastised the PCB and Pakistan team management for their defensive strategy, while praising Australian captain Pat Cummins for his “brave” cricket.
“This show was utter nonsense. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and, most likely, the team management were of the opinion that the series should be drawn. They approached the game with the mindset that neither they nor we should win and that the series should end in a tie. However, kudos to the Australians. I am extremely happy for them. This was their first time in Pakistan, and none of the players had ever played there before. Despite not being familiar with the conditions, they came here and played brave cricket “On his YouTube channel, Akhtar stated.
“When you play without courage and just to survive, you get these kinds of results. After a 24-year absence, they returned as your guests, expecting you to provide good wickets, which you failed to do. You made an attempt to deplete them. According to the chairman of the PCB, we were attempting to wear them down, but the opposite occurred. False statements, a bad attitude, and a bad mindset. We need to hire people who aren’t mediocre and can make good decisions on behalf of your [PCB]. Unfortunately, in Pakistan, good decisions are never made “Akhtar went on to say.
3rd Test between Pakistan and Australia
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first in the third Test match between Pakistan and Australia at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Australia scored 391 runs in the first innings, thanks to outstanding batting performances from Usman Khawaja, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, and Steven Smith. All of these players scored half-centuries, with Khawaja scoring the most with 91 off 219 deliveries. Pakistani pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah each took four wickets, while Nauman Ali and Sajid Khan each took one wicket.
Pakistan, on the other hand, were bowled out for 268 runs in their first innings thanks to Australian captain Pat Cummins’ five-wicket haul. In the same innings, Mitchell Starc took four wickets for the Australians. Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, and Babar Azam were the top run scorers for Pakistan, with 81, 78, and 67 runs scored, respectively. Australia declared at 227/3 in the third innings, with Khawaja scoring 104 runs off 178 deliveries. David Warner chipped in with a fine 51 off 91 balls.
Pakistan needed to score 351 runs in the final innings to win the match. Babar Azam’s team had a full day to track down the target. Despite finishing Day 4 with a score of 78/0, Pakistan’s batters took a cautious approach on the final day and were dismissed for 235 runs by Australia. Australia eventually won the match by 115 runs, taking a 1-0 lead in the historic Test series.