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NEW DELHI: Former wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal on Saturday criticized the Pakistan players following their unexpected loss to Ireland in the opening match of a 3 T20I international series.
Akmal alleged that the players were more focused on individual achievements rather than working together for the team’s cause.
Ireland managed to limit Pakistan to a total of 182/6 after inviting them to bat.In response, the Irish, led by experienced Andy Balbirnie, who scored 77 runs off 55 balls, including 10 fours and two sixes, successfully chased down the target of 183/5 with one ball remaining and secured a historic victory.
This Pakistan team is coming off an awkward series that saw them draw 2-2 against a second string New Zealand side at home.
Their poor run of form continued as the side lost in an embarrassing manner against Ireland, a team that they are drawn to face in the group stage of the competition alongside India, United States of America and Canada in group A.
“We will get better when we will try to play good cricket. The players must think about the team and we will continue to lose if things stay like this. I am looking that players are prioritizing personal goals which is not good for the side. The team management will soon identify this,” said Akmal on his YouTube channel.
Akmal’s comments may stem from Babar Azam’s performance who scored 57 off 43 deliveries, criticism followed after the captain’s innings who played at a slow strike rate of 132.5.
It took the Irish side 19.5 overs to chase the target of 183 which is why questions arose whether the Pakistan side could have added 10-15 more runs while setting the target.
Credit has to be given to the gritty Irish side as they played exceptionally well to pick up a huge victory in the build up to the World Cup. A victory of this magnitude is sure to lift the spirits of the team as they get set to try and challenge India and Pakistan for the top two spots in their group.
(With inputs from IANS)

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