Respected Captain, Coach and entire PCB Management,
I don’t need to introduce myself because your whole team is too busy in taking selfies and escaping/surviving from the Oceanian ghosts traveling with you in your buses, hotel rooms and bouncy pitches. Although your squad is mentally, physically and morally prepared since the day you stepped in the pacific continent to play on green, fast and bouncy pitches after all your preparations on U.A.E’s very sporting tracks; still I believe there is need of consultancy in strategy making after watching your two highly competitive and thrilling games against India and West Indies.
I have found your whole team in bizarre conundrum and dozen of errors in the most simplest common-senses in team selections, fielding and catching, target-chasing, and running between the wickets prove there is an urgent need of medical team full of neurosurgeons and psychiatrists (and they should be more in numbers as compared to your officials).
After painfully reading my first two paragraphs of paranormal compliments and regards, allow me to present you your 3 most basic comedy of errors you are producing in your vulgar cricketing presentation in this CWC:
1. Mental Weakness over Toss
Captain is not fully prepared to understand the condition of target-chasing nemesis. He should carefully read the stats of his team’s past performances on oceanic cricket grounds. He should realize that Pakistan has never chased 280+ target ever neither in New Zealand nor in Australia under any captain in ODI history. If losing the toss is your fate, then accept the counterpart’s decision. If you win the toss, go for batting and boost the morale unless the pitch has too much grass and moisture.
2. Avoid Experiments/Know your Combination
After strange squad selection and twice dropping the easiest chance of picking your main weapon Saeed Ajmal in place of the injured, you have to squeeze the 11 players from your 15 to create a formation and build a necessary winning combo. Time of experiments is finished just like preparation for exams before handling the question paper to the student.
The captain/coach has to admit on reducing the risk of reliability over two factors:
- a. Younis Khan‘s bat which is not blazing in ODI for a long long time. He averages only 21 in ODIs in last three years. That is not only enough, the worst of his is absolutely ignored by the selectors. He averages 17 and 16.87 in ODIs in Australia and New Zealand respectively in aggregate of 19 ODIs with one knock of 50, no banging of SIX and overall strike rate of almost 60.
- b. Haris Sohail’s bowling which is presented in the recent ODIs as fourth or fifth choice bowler. By average, he is bowling 7 overs every ODI which is too much to ask for, for a part-timer who has hardly bowled only 11 overs in his entire first-class career so far.
3. Daydreaming ’92 Glory
This has become the most embarrassing situation when the team indirectly is daydreaming more than being self-confident of rewriting the history in world cup record books. Comparing Pakistan’s initial troubles with the ’92 one is not playing a stress-relief game but inviting ghosts for a combat. You have to take the inspiration from ’92 glory and plan harder to avoid further hiccups.
WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY NOW!!!!!
Either bat first or second, no matter which team you play against, Pakistan’s XI for the remaining matches should be like this:
04.Misbah ul Haq
05.Haris Sohail (part-timer)
06.Sohaib Maqsood (part-timer)
07.Shahid Afridi (3rd change)
08.Wahab Riaz (1st change)
09.Yasir Shah (2nd change)
10.Sohail Khan (open)
11.Mohammad Irfan (open)
#1. Bat first? Top 4 should should should bat at min 4.50 till 30th
#2. No matter you bat first or second, if you have plenty of wickets in hand only in death overs, promote only Shahid Afridi.
#3. Chasing target max 250? Apply #1 at min 4.00
#4. Chasing target 250-300? Apply #1 at min 5.00
#5. PP3 – min 30/0 (don’t lose more than a wicket)
#6. Reduce number of dots and regularly rotate the strike
#1. Opening spell – Irfan/Sohail 5 overs each
#2. PP3 – Irfan/Yasir/Lala
#3. Death Overs – Irfan/Wahab 3 overs each (45-50)
#4. Part-timers are partnership breakers, avoid using them when new batsman come to the crease.
#1. Bring at least 1 slip compulsory for Fast bowler in any phase of inning (remember, the batsman will edge anytime).
#2. Bring at least short-leg for Spin bowler (some turns or rising deliveries are short-leg cookies).
#3. Every fielder should field at specific field position where his feet suits e.g. don’t send your finest slip fielder Younis Khan to the boundary rope.
#4. Very important, avoid dropping catches.
After sugar-free tutorial, I recommend to take a deep study of what I wrote above.
If you win, then just thank me.
Wish Pakistan best of luck.
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