|ICC Champions Trophy 2013|
Before the start of ICC Champions Trophy 2013, Pakistan Team was being considered as the strong contender for the title. But all expectations have proved wrong and all their efforts and plans went in vain. After losing their first match to West Indies by 2 wickets, Pakistan lost their 2nd and 3rd match to South Africa and arch-rivals India respectively and eliminated from the tournament with null performance. Senior batsmen like Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat were seemed struggling throughout the event. Pakistan team didn’t manage to pass the total score of 170 runs in any match of the tournament.
Champions Trophy 2013 is being played in England and Wales. As the conditions are difficult for Pakistan, they had a training camp in Abbotabad with similar conditions as in England and Wales. They also played two One Day Internationals with Scotland and Ireland before Champions Trophy. But after all these efforts, the performance of our national team was very shameful. Bowlers did the fantastic job by limiting opponent teams to a small total however batting was totally flop. In all three group matches, only captain Misbah ul Haq and Nasir Jamshed were able to do job with the bat. Except both of them, whole batting line up of Pakistan was considered as totally flop.
|Opener Imran Farhat Dismisal in ICC Champions Trophy|
Captain Misbah ul Haq was very disappointed with his team’s performance. Keeping in mind he is the top scorer from Pakistan throughout the tournament.
“Disappointing performance again with the bat, the weather also played a part as it was difficult to get in and out so many times. In this sort of format, it is too short for the teams because you have one bad day at the start of the tournament; you are almost out of it,” said Misbah at the presentation ceremony.
Former cricketers and other sports journalists have also criticized Pakistan team on their performance. They said that either Pakistan team is lacking talent or skills or they have problems with confidence, temperament and self-belief. They made demand with to groom the youngster and bring big changes in the team. Wasim Akram said,
"I don't know if there is lack of ability in our players or there's some psychological problem, but drastic steps should be taken."