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Former captain Intikhab Alam has blamed the team management for Pakistan’s disastrous World Cup campaign.
Intikhab’s comments come after Pakistan lost to arch-rivals India by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in their World Cup clash on Sunday.
India’s victory extended their unbeaten streak against Pakistan as they have now won all seven of their meetings against their arch-rivals in the World Cup.
To make matters worse, Pakistan have now only won one of the five World Cup games they have played.
Given the men in green’s struggles in the World Cup, Intikhab criticised the team management for not coming up with a “comprehensive plan”.
“It seems that the team management has totally failed to make a comprehensive plan for the World Cup,” he told Dawn. “They should have a solid strategy against each team, complete knowledge about the kind of pitches in the mega event, the weather conditions and weaknesses and strengths of their rivals.
“Sadly, none of that has been on display and the performances of the Pakistan team so far shows that no comprehensive gameplan was ever in place.
“Just how could the team management justify the decision of bowling first after winning the toss against Australia and then in the crucial match against India. How can the management defend its decision of playing four spinners against India who are very comfortable against slow bowlers.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.