Second day of the Brisbane Test has resulted in Pakistan losing complete control of the opening encounter. So, here is a look at what’s wrong with Pakistan cricket under Misbah-ul-Haq and why he made a huge mistake by dropping Mohd. Abbas for the opening encounter.
The Controversy Around Dropping Mohd. Abbas
From former Pakistani coach Mickey Arthur to former Australian captain Allan Border, everyone seems shocked over the surprise omission of Mohd. Abbas from the Test. His absence was felt during the second day of the Brisbane Test and hence, it is understood that chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has committed a huge selection blunder yet again!
The Difference Between The Openers
Australian openers batted at a run rate that was around 4 runs an over. They were also good at rotating the strike and stole a number of quick singles from within the circle. Pakistani openers then were happy blocking everything and showed little or no desire to keep the scoreboard ticking. This particular Misbah like mentality is for sure outdated and hence, it is no wonder that Pakistan find themselves in deep already so early in the Test match.
Media reports suggest that the unimaginative and uninspiring Azhar Ali was made skipper of the Test side on Misbah’s insistence. It was evident on more than one occasion today that while the game kept slipping away; Azhar as expected had no clue to what he can do differently with the field.
Time perhaps then has come for fans and media in the country to build pressure on Pakistan Cricket Board to revisit their decision of appointing Misbah as Pakistan’s head coach cum chief selector. Otherwise, there is little or no hope of the green shirts producing some good results for as long as the 45 year old is in charge.