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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Pakistan Cricket: Struggling Both on and off the Field

Pakistan has taken the centre stage for a long time in world cricket mainly because of its tumultuous security condition. Following the Lahore terror attack on Sri Lankan team bus last March, Pakistan has so far been stripped off the hosting right of ICC World Cup 2011. Moreover, ICC Champions Trophy 2009 has also been relocated from Pakistan to South Africa amid fear regarding lack of security in the country. These are the off-field problems that Pakistan cricket is currently facing. Let us now focus on the on-field problems of Pakistan cricket.

After a long time, Pakistan took on Australia in an ODI series recently in UAE. Pakistan got off to a tremendous start to the five-match ODI series, winning the first match pretty comfortably. However, the world champions bounced back in the second match and won three matches on a row to make it 3-1 with a match in hand. Naturally, Pakistani cricket fans are now disappointed as they were looking for some excellent performances from their favorite team against world champions. Though Pakistani bowlers, specially their spinners troubled the Aussie batsmen a lot throughout the series, their batsmen flopped in the series except the last ODI. The condition of Dubai and Abu Dhabi was pretty much similar to Pakistani condition, and thus, Pakistani players had an advantage over their Australian opponents. Still, Pakistan failed to deliver their best in the series. So, it seems that Pakistan cricket is also struggling on the field too. Earlier this year, Pakistan was fully defeated by Sri Lanka in a 3-match ODI series.

Now, Pakistan will play a Twenty20 international against Australia on 7 May 2009 in Dubai. Let us see if Pakistan can take a revenge of their ODI series loss by winning the twenty20 match against Australia.

(This entry was originally uploaded in May 2009 in this blog. Then, it had to be deleted for technical problem. I am uploading again it today).

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