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Former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz has criticised the national team for dropping spinner Shadab Khan for their World Cup clash against Australia on Wednesday.
Pakistan went on to lose their match against Australia in Taunton by 41 runs.
Sarfraz feels that Shadab should have been in the side instead of pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, who finished with figures of 2-70 off his 10 overs in the match.
“It was such a shame to watch the Pakistan team playing against Australia,” Sarfraz told The Nation. “The match was lost well before the toss, as everyone is aware that the Aussies are not good at playing spinners. Rather than cementing the spin department and playing with Imad Wasim, the team management dropped Shadab Khan and included Shaheen Shah Afridi. I suggested [to] Sarfraz (Ahmed) and company to drop either Shoaib Malik or Asif Ali and pave the way for Imad, but they are sleeping.
“They have no sense to read the pitch and make things worse. Sarfraz put the Aussies in to bat first, which shows [his] low confidence. The pathetic fielding and dropped catches cost Pakistan dearly. The way Pakistan’s fielders were dropping catches and allowing the Australians to score freely, it was never witnessed before. They were almost playing free shots, as they were sure that the Pakistani fielders [wouldn’t] be able to hold onto catches.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against arch-rivals India in Manchester on Sunday.