Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has called for major changes to be made to the national team following their disastrous performance in the ongoing World Cup.
With that in mind, Ramiz admitted that it will be extremely difficult for the men in green to qualify for the semi-finals.
“It is very difficult for Pakistan to be among the top four teams even if they win all their remaining fixtures of the tournament,” said Ramiz.
“Every defeat is followed by introspection and opportunity. Every defeat needs a change. I feel that the time has come to completely revamp Pakistan cricket. Your World Cup ends when you lose to India. And if you lose after such a no-show, then your fans will be angry with you. Your system, captaincy and skills will be challenged. When you don’t learn from your mistakes then there will be frustration.”
Ramiz added that Pakistan’s tag of being unpredictable is proving to be correct as they have not done anything, barring a narrow win over England, to make people think otherwise.
“It was promised that the ‘unpredictable’ tag would be removed, but that tag has become more prominent now,” he said.
“The win against England was an anomaly. In fact, they should have conceded defeat in every match. A team gets five years to prepare for the World Cup and become competitive.”
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has lashes out at Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman and questioned the benefit of having players like batsman Babar Azam and opener Fakhar Zaman if they don’t lead the national team to victory on a consistent basis.
Azam has made scores of 22, 63, 30 and 48, while Zaman has scored 22, 36, 0 and 62.
Despite this, Ramiz feels that there is a stark difference between India and Pakistan as someone like Azam, who has been compared to Virat Kohli, is unable to replicate what the Indian skipper can do with the bat.
As for Zaman, Ramiz believes he should play like India opener Rohit Sharma, but he has not been able to do so consistently.
“What is the benefit of Babar Azam’s talent if he will not lead the team to a win? What is the benefit of Fakhar Zaman to play the opening slot if he can’t play like Rohit Sharma? The difference between the two teams was that when the Indian batsmen became set, they [pushed] their batting till the end,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by Dawn.
Ex-Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja firmly believes that veteran all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik shouldn’t have been included in the World Cup squad.
Hafeez has fared decently with the bat as he was named Man of the Match for his knock of 84 in Pakistan’s 14-run win over England. He followed that up with 46 runs in Pakistan’s loss to Australia. However, he has not had much of an impact with the ball.
As for Malik, he scored eight runs against England and made a two-ball duck against Australia and a golden duck against India.
In regards to his bowling, he has only taken one wicket, which came in the match against England.
Ramiz believes that Pakistan should have opted for younger talent a long time ago rather than sticking with the veteran duo.
“This should have been done much earlier, as I believe with two 38-year-old players (Malik is actually 37), you can never win a World Cup,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by