ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s T20 domestic champions Faisalabad Wolves were knocked out in the qualifying stage of the Champions League Twenty20, after second consecutive defeat in the event.

The poor performance of the national team stars Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil, Salman and Saeed Ajmal clearly indicates that both the fast bowlers are not more than average ones and cannot not even perform against third string sides then performing against top nations is a far cry. These players can’t complain about the conditions or tracks as Indian pitches as they were almost identical to the Pakistan’s so they should have performed well. Ajmal took only one wicket in two matches and same was the case with Ehsan Adil. Salman never looked like he had represented Pakistan team and played international cricket as his wicket-keeping was pretty ordinary.  Asad Ali looked pretty pathetic in both the matches as he failed to even get a single wicket. The way batsmen treated him clearly indicates that he is below average bowler and no where near to represent a country like Pakistan in international arena.

Last time, Sialkot Stallions also failed to qualify for the main stage of the Champions League, but they played well and it was very tough pool which prevented them to make it to the next stage, but Faisalabad had no such issues to deal with. In the first match, they were outclassed by New Zealand’s Otago Volts by eight wickets. Volts only had one international star Brendon McCullum in their ranks and in the second match, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s comfortably brushed aside Misbah and company. Although Misbah did manage to score in both the matches, yet his casual and lazy approach prevented Faisalabad from posting a decent total on the board. Misbah must understand that staying too long at the crease doesn’t guarantee posting enough runs on the board. Had he played sensibly and rotate the strikes, Faisalabad could have posted far better totals in both the matches.

Instead of making tall claims, Faisalabad Wolves management should have focused on preparing well for the event as it was matter of prestige because they had been representing their country there so they must deliver for the honour of the country. It also indicates that Pakistan’s domestic cricket structure needs complete overhauling, as all the other cricket playing nations are far ahead in techniques and preparations. We are still living in fools paradise and the PCB must give top priority in revamping the entire domestic structure so uplift the its standard while the standard of umpiring in domestic cricket is the worst which is one of main reasons behind Pakistani local teams poor show in international events.

Already too much precious time has been wasted on settling these minor issues and if the PCB really wants to win international events, they have to work on war footings and overhaul the domestic structure while a close check and balance system must be introduced to monitor the standard of umpiring in the domestic circuit.