ISLAMABAD – Pakistan cricket team’s records and series win against Zimbabwe didn’t inspire former Test cricketer Abdul Qadir, who has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Zimbabwe cricket in order to give chance to Afghanistan team.
Talking to The Nation, Qadir said: “It was disgusting to watch such below par cricket, which was only meant to break new records and helped ordinary cricketers score loads of runs and improve ICC ODI rankings. It is very important for the ICC to either impose ban on Zimbabwe for at least three years or order them to improve their domestic cricket, while Afghanistan should be given more chances to play in One-Day Internationals as they have showed tremendous potential and fighting skills.”
Qadir said in past, they had witnessed great teams like Australia and mighty West Indies working so hard to ensure respect world over and they were too tough to beat. “But now, lowly teams are not only sabotaging the beauty of this wonderful sport, but also helping below par batsmen and bowlers to create new world records, which I think are of no use, rather than spoiling the careers of young players by arranging such pathetic series.
“The PCB must look to explore their options by inviting teams like South Africa, New Zealand, England and India, as it will not only ensure best competition, but also expose the genuine talent as well. It doesn’t matter if green caps lose against these given teams, as it will at least ensure our players will learn and groom,” he added.
The former cricketer said that the PCB and team management is flying over the moon after winning the tri-series against Australia in the tri-series but they completely ignored the fact that it was not that Kangroos, which all know about, as they were also hammed by England but for Word Cup, they will form their full-strength team and will have better chances to win World Cup. On the other hand, Zimbabwe team was not more than a club level team. So winning both the series in Zimbabwe hasn’t good impact on Pakistan cricket.
When asked about the sensational performances by dashing Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq and bowlers, Qadir replied: “As I said earlier that it was not a competitive series at all. Fakhar and Imam have to prove their credentials by playing such innings against the best in the business. The Asia Cup is just round the corner and the real test of these super stars, where these players have to come up with same performances against India, Sri Lanka and even Bangladesh.
“The Asia Cup will not be an easy task. I know Pakistan is well aware of the UAE tracks and it is like home for green caps, but India is playing exceptionally well this year while Sri Lanka team, which is going through transitional phase, is also in giving good performances against South Africa. For me, Sri Lankan team is well-balanced side than the current Australian team,” he added.
Qadir said the PCB is investing millions on foreign coaches and by playing matches against bottom sides will serve no purpose, rather it will further complicate the situation for green caps ahead of next year’s World Cup. “All the teams have almost finalised their sides for the ICC 2019 World Cup, while Pakistan team is still going through experiments.
“For me, utilising M Aamir and others in such low-profile series is not a good move. Aamir and other top guns should have been preserved for Asia Cup and coming tough series against South Africa and Australia, as the real character of green caps skills will be tested against the two power houses, as Australia will be back to full strength by that time,” he added.
“I strongly recommend the PCB to ensure matches against top sides to prepare the team for the upcoming challenges, as playing against weak opponents will give them short-time success, take their rankings from 8 to 6 or may be 5, but to prove that Pakistan is number one in T20 internationals and a former world champions in limited overs, they have to win against the big four, that is the only way forward,” Qadir concluded.