Pakistan’s humiliating defeat against the West Indies in their ICC World Cup 2019 in Nottingham on Friday, has earned wrath from fans and former cricketers of Pakistan. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was the target of all the brickbats. Among the critics is former Pakistan fast bowler and Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar, who called Ahmed ‘fat and unfit’.
The moment that match ended, the social media was abuzz with Pakistan’s abject failure against the two-time World champions. “When Sarfaraz Ahmed came for the toss, his stomach was sticking out and his face was so fat. He’s the first captain I’ve seen who is so unfit. He’s not able to move across and he’s struggling with wicket-keeping,” Akhtar vented his ire.
Starting with a tweet “Speechless”, Akhtar though went on to post a series of tweets and spoke of redemption. He also tweeted a video and suggested that Pakistan players need to be backed despite the failure in their lung opener of the tournament.
Put into bat, Pakistan were bundled out for a meagre 105 with only four players reaching the double figure mark. West Indies, in reply, had no hiccups in getting over the rope to log their first points in the World Cup 2019. It may be recalled that Pakistan lost their first match against the same opponents in the Champions Trophy 2017, but went on to win the trophy eventually beating India in the final.
The Pakistan skipper, though acknowledging a poor show, vowed to come back stronger and said that he has full faith in his team and there’s no reason they cannot bounce back. “We have 8 matches left and I have full faith in my team’s ability to perform better. We’ll try to forget this match and come back strongly in the next one,” skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said in a press conference after the match.