Pakistan’s senior figures in the team have come severe scrutiny after their lacklustre performance against the arch-rivals India in the all-important match. However, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed refused to single out Pakistan’s senior players for criticism after the thrashing by India at the Cricket World Cup, saying the whole side was at fault.
India’s comprehensive victory at Old Trafford left Pakistan in ninth place after just one win from five matches and they need to win all of their remaining fixtures while they will also have to depend on the other teams’ result to book their place in the semis.
“I don’t think you can talk about only the senior players, I think you have to talk about the whole team. I think the whole team is not performing well in all three departments, not fielding, not bowling, and not batting,” he said.
Veteran all-rounder, Shoaib Malik was out first ball, following Mohammad Hafeez’s flop show, who made nine. It is Malik’s second consecutive duck in the tournament, while he made just eight in his other appearance.