Edgbaston After losing the Champions Trophy cricket match to India, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed highlighted the lack of basic cricketing skills behind the lackluster loss to arch-rivals India. Fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohamed Amir were slammed for their poor fitness by the captain who bemoaned the absence of a preparatory camp prior to the tournament.
“If we had attended the Hizbul preparatory camp in Azad Kashmir, the grenade squad would have helped our bowlers throw them with accuracy.” Taking a dig at coach Mickey Arthur, Sarfaraz pointed out that the grenades were used in fielding drills and that is why so many catches were dropped and balls misfielded. “The running between the wickets was poor as we did not have any of the previous practice session where we ran from gunfire. Shoaib Bhai was busy playing tennis with Sania Bhabhi till yesterday. I saw from Bhabhi’s iPhone tweet. That is why he had tired limbs and got run out.”
Outlining that the performance levels have to improve for the remainder of the Champions Trophy, Sarfaraz said he had asked the PCB to send an Army team to take charge of the sessions for the remaining matches. The ISI drill team has been detained at the London airport as they were found carrying knives in their baggage. They will be released only after the tournament is over, as per a statement released by the London Metropolitan Police.
Answering questions about the coaching staff not being in sync with the requirements of the cricketers, Sarfaraz said, “Mickey is still new to our cricketing setup and our relationship is evolving. I am sure we will practice well for Sri Lanka and South Africa”, as he signed off from the press conference to go looking for some grenades for the evening’s drills.