Pakistan won by eight wickets against Hong Kong to register their first Asia Cup, 2018 victory. So, here is a look at 5 talking points following Pakistan’s comprehensive win.
1. No Early Wickets for Pakistan
Pakistan’s skipper in the post-match conference expressed his concern over the fact that there were no early wickets with the new ball. The ball didn’t swing for both Pakistani left-arm pacers and therefore, it is understood that there is a definite need for both Amir and Shinwari to fine-tune things before the important game against India.
2. Is Pakistan a Spinner Short?
UAE wickets seem evidently slow and hence, we might witness a few low scoring games. Spinners then have a very important role to play however, Pakistan’s playing eleven only has Shadab Khan as the regular slow bowler. It mattered little against Hong Kong but chances of Nawaz playing ahead of one of the seamers seem bright if wickets remain the way they are.
3. Is Amir on the Verge of Losing His Place?
Amir’s not picked up wickets in the last 3 One Day Internationals and his ODI figures are not too great for this year. So, with Shinwari and Shaheen Afridi in the mix of things, is Amir one bad tournament away from losing his place in the playing eleven? Well, that might as well be the case and therefore, let’s just hope that he is able to avert the career crisis he is heading towards during Pakistan’s encounter against India and all other games in the tournament.
4. Is Shadab the Best Pakistani Fielder Ever?
Former Australian cricketer and now a commentator, Dean Jones pointed out that Shadab Khan is the best fielder he has ever seen play for Pakistan. Well, that is a thought-provoking statement, to say the least. We normally honor our heroes only after they have retired. Perhaps the time is right to recognize Shadab’s abilities as an extra-ordinary fields-man and rejoice the fact that finally, we have a Pakistani version of Jonty Rhodes.
5. Has ICC Done the Right Thing By Eliminating Associates?
Unlike previous editions International Cricket Council (ICC) has limited the next world cup to 10 teams only and hence, have effectively eliminated the possibility of including associate members in the big tournament. Watching Pakistan play Hong Kong the decision seemed absolutely right as such one-sided games for sure, help no one’s cause.