Open letter from an Angry Pakistani cricket fan

Dear Pakistan Cricket Team,

If you are Persistent you will get it, If you are Consistent you will keep it.

Why are you the most unpredictable team in the history of the game…? For instance, we lost the first match against India in the Champions Trophy and to our horror we lost by 124 Runs. Which probably kicked in the Mercurial nature of the Pakistani team and what followed made every Pakistani Proud. Sarfaraz and Co came back with fierce determination and scintillating all-round performances and went on to defeat South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and finally lifted the ICC Champions Trophy by deflating the mighty Indians at the Oval.

As a fan I am dumbfounded by the fact, that the side that lifted their maiden Champions Trophy crown 2 months ago has easily hit the rock-bottom in the desert shores of UAE against beleaguered Sri Lankan Test side by loosing the series 2–0. And it wasn’t even shocking! Because we have seen Pakistan’s batting implode before, like in Edgbaston against England and then in New Zealand. But this was the worst performance ever as the side slumped to 52 for 5 in the second innings in pursuit of target set by Sri Lanka. This is when we all know that except Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka does not have quality bowlers in their ranks.

Asad Shafiq and Sarfaraz Ahmed produced a fightback of sorts but in the end it was enough to see Pakistan lose their first series in UAE since 2002. I thought it would be a cakewalk for Sarfaraz and co. as Sri Lanka were coming into the contest on the back of horrific show against India at home where they were decimated across all three formats. They were missing big players in Upul Tharanga, Angelo Matthews and Asela Gunaratne but we became complacent and ultimately paid the price by loosing the Test series.

Since the glorious triumph of ICC Champions Trophy, I expected greater things from this side as Sarfaraz Ahmed is a very pro-active leader and plays attacking brand of cricket. But the result of the test series has left me fuming as to why such a good team slump to all-time low against a weaker Sri Lankan side that were in utter chaos a week ago.

For me, Azhar Ali and Yasir Shah were the only ones who stood tall in the series for Pakistan, the rest was a dismay. I believe the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have exposed holes in batting lineup. The head coach Mickey Arthur and the PCB selectors must take strict measures in terms of selecting the best players for the Test side to end this episodes of shambolic performances in recent times.

Lack of consistency can bring lack of interest. How many more times do you expect fans to leave Cricket Stadium in sheer disappointment? Like every other fan I only want to see my team to compete hard and battle it out till the end. I am done with individual performances going down the drains. Am I expecting too much?

Sincerely,

Shoaib Zaheer | A Pakistan Cricket Fanatic