KARACHI - Former captain Aamir Sohail said he was not astounded with Pakistan's defeat against Zimbabwe in the opening One-day International at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
“Until and unless, we strengthen our club cricket and re-organise it, we will be facing such problem in future,” he said while recording his comments on Pakistan's stunning seven-wicket loss to Zimbabwe.
“Our fielding was not up to the mark and we did not attack during Zimbabwe batting and never saw close in fielders. Our balance in fast bowling was not right with just two fast bowlers. We cannot bowl to win but attacking approach is needed to win matches," he said. “Hafeez is not our front line bowler. We needed specialist bowlers and cannot also depend on bowling of Umar Amin. Until and unless we not concerted steps at the club, we cannot improve and strengthen our system," he said.
He said the regional, district associations and zones are violating Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) constitution by not at least holding two club level events in the nook and corner of the country. Neither the PCB officials at the helms of affairs are doing any thing nor PCB Chief Operating Officer asking them any things," he commented.
“In such a scenario, how domestic cricket can be improved and it helps us to produce better players," he said. “All the PCB cricket, regional, district and zonal officials should be ousted, doing nothing for the betterment of club cricket," he remarked.
Another former skipper Rashid Latif blamed slow start by the openers Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad cost Pakistan dearly. “You needed to score at least 70 in the first 10 overs keeping in view fielding restrictions," he said.
Openers shared an opening stand of 56 from 89 balls which was on slower side from Rashid's opinion. Zimbabwe pace duo of Larry Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara bowled well to put our early batsmen under pressure. He said defeat definitely was big surprise as full strength was sent to Zimbabwe instead of resting top players.