Pakistan head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq called the team’s recent whitening in the three-day international match series against the English team of the second string, a worrying sign for him. The English and Welsh Cricket Board (ECB) had to conjure up a new team after the first-choice group had to secede after several COVID-positive cases.
This led to the ECB calling Ben Stokes to tackle the new England squad for the three ODIs against Pakistan, which had 9 unknown players. Many thought it would be a jaw-dropping walk for Babar Azam’s men and also predicted 3-0 whitewash. What happened, however, was only humiliation for the visitors.
Pakistan were eliminated for 141 runs in the 1st ODI and lost the match by 9 wickets. In the second game, they limited England to 248 runs, but they dropped 56 runs from the target. In the third one-day match, Babar Azam’s best 158 and a half centuries of Imam-Ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan batted their career to 331/9.
However, the bowlers fared poorly when James Vince’s first ODI century and a half from Lewis Gregory took England to a dazzling 3-wicket victory.
I do not know why the team in this series was completely colorless and lost its momentum: Misbah-Ul-Haq
Misbah, who was under fire for the team’s performances against the top teams, said he had no idea why the Pakistani team was losing momentum and that he was completely weak in the ODI series against England, but it was a sign of worrying for him as head coach.
“We were satisfied that we were on the right track after doing well in the recent series, but this series upset us. We seem to be standing from where we started, but we need to find a way to move forward. I do not know why the team in this series was completely colorless and lost its momentum, but that is a very worrying sign for me as head coach. How can one defend such an action? “Nobody can defend our performance and I think we are all responsible as players, whether they are players, coaches or support staff.” Misbah said at a virtual press conference.
‘I do not understand, but we just lost momentum in this series. But I believe we can definitely compete against the top four teams, and we have done well against South Africa at home and away in the past. “ he added.
England have excellent backing and the luxury of a strong pool of players: Misbah-Ul-Haq praises opponents
The former Pakistan captain was all praise for the opponents, England, who came out on top, despite the fact that he did not have one of their top picks for the series, and that Ben Stokes resigned early from his injury as captain.
‘In the first place, England have an excellent backing and the luxury of a strong pool of players we do not have. “England had choices for this series and we have restrictions on certain positions, especially in the middle-order spaces where no one has sat for a while.” he said.
Pakistan will now face a full-fledged English team for the three-match T20I series starting from July 16 in Nottingham.