No matter what happens in the crazy world of Pakistan Cricket, there is one thing that you can bet on it blindly. Do I ring a bell? It is about the comeback of Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal. If I’m not wrong, these two names are currently the most despised among Pakistan cricket fans.
And there are genuine reasons for it.
Both Shehzad and Umar have been playing international cricket for a long time. There is no excuse for their poor track record on and off the cricket field. Yet, they find a way to come back into the national team.
I strongly believe there isn’t any cricketing reason for their countless comebacks, especially this time around. And if there is any, then rest in peace Pakistan Cricket.
For, what extraordinary thing have they done recently to get a chance against a B-grade Sri Lankan team?
And don’t be surprised if they perform well and then try to become poor victims by saying stuff like:
(I never got a fair chance. I kept getting dropped time and again).
Oh! Really? Well, that’s because you SUCK!
Come the quality sides and tougher situations, both Shehzad and Umar would fail miserably.
Therefore, the hardcore Pakistani cricket fanatic including myself has had enough. It’s time we find some young blood and groom them for the future.
I understand the lack of exciting batting talent in the junior ranks. Still, we must induct fresh blood and develop them according to the needs of international cricket – work on their six-hitting ability and their general fitness.
The management of top cricket teams like Australia, England, and India have never done what Pakistan cricket management is doing. The Pakistan Cricket Board management is running in circles – selecting the same tried and tested individuals who have failed to deliver.
Yes, some players make successful comebacks after going back to domestic cricket to work on their game and perform well there, and then when they get selected for their national teams, they deliver against top international teams.
But the other cricket boards never put a player back in the team just because he is a ‘selfie king’ or a ‘drama queen’. And what about the legend Umar Akmal? Well, he is just that – a legend of the game.
So, he must be brought back.
The thing is this was very much expected since the so-called King Misbah was appointed as the Chief Selector cum Head Coach. How much longer this joke of a management lasts remains to be seen.
The struggling skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is already walking on thin ice and could soon find himself discarded from the role of captain but also dropped altogether.
For the time being, let’s wait for the T20Is to commence and the legends of Akmal and Shehzad brace the scene yet again and again and again.