We use to hide under the banner of unpredictable. Is being an unpredictable is good enough to hide our inconsistency? It’s been problem of Pakistan Cricket team since the departure of great Imran Khan. Once known the cornered tigers of MCG are failing to find a single leopard both on the field and off the field. Inconsistency is travelling with us like darkest shadow.
Not going far, coming to the recent maneuvers of Asia Cup, WT20 and U19 world cup. We have proved once again that we are not just unpredictable but rapidly moving towards being chokers. In Asia Cup Pakistan played splendidly against arch-rivals India and Shahid Afridi’s heroics helped us to claim an memorable victory. But in the next match we struggled to cage-in the so-called weak Bangali tigers against so-called world class bowling attack, once again Afridi’s maverick inning posted a sucker punch to tigers and we stood fortunate to chase history’s highest total. In the final, when Pakistan was named favorites for title against Sri-lanka we choked and even found it hard to stand against the islanders. Same thing happened to us in T20 when after defeating the kangaroos in nail-biting ,3rd league match we were being called favorites against West Indians and we chocked again in most crucial match, where we struggled to stand on the pitch and ended up in odd 80’s against 167.
Juniors are never the less behind to the seniors after all seniors ar guiding stars to them. After showing huge ups and downs in entire tournament we somehow ended up in the final as a favorites against the so-called “chokers” South Africa. Once again history repeated itself and we fought hard to lose the match and YES we lost.
The question here is not about losing the game. The question here is how could we come up this inconsistency? Is this the lack of responsibility from the players, lack of talent, lack of infrastructure or lack of interest by the administration? It’s ironic that in the country where 200 million people are in love with the game more than their family, has been struggling to produce even a single consistent player since 20 years or so? does the nation who could produce the legends like Fazal, Hanif, Zaheer, Imran, Wasim , Waqar, Saqlain, Akhtar, deserves to be led by these people?
Coming to the off-field we are more than consistent in being inconsistent. PCB has witnessed numerous changes in admin force in just a spam of months from Butt to Zaka to Sethi to Zaka to Sethi. And same goes with the coach and selectors.
On the other side of border when we compare Virat Kohli with Umer Akmal, both are U19 products and both are hailed as most talented players in the current international arena, but the stats are surprisingly different for two. One is on the fast track of ending up as one of the all-time great while other is standing nowhere. Umer Akmal just reached his 2nd International hundred while Kohli has surpassed the many greats after registering his 19th international hundred and quickest to reach 5000 runs.
My second question is why we are not investing in our U19 circuit. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Jadeja all has emerged from U19 circuit while in Pakistan we hardly found any U19 player making to upper stage. It seems like these players only exist at lower level from selector’s point of view. If this is the case than why so? Baber Azam an U19 superstar who have proved his worth why he’s not getting any attention at bigger stage? Why we aren’t being able to convert our lower stage heroes into bigger level ones. Would the future of Sami Aslam be same?
if the answer is YES, then we should make our mind to see same kind of performance in upcoming years. The answer is we need off-field consistency more than on-field consistency. We need consistency in administration. We need consistency in infrastructure and we need consistency in merit selection. We believe that if we achieve this we could achieve the on-field consistency.