have lost the recently-concluded seven-match T20I series against England
at home. Pakistan's middle-order is one of the reasons behind the series defeat. That is why former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar is afraid Pakistan team’s performance in the upcoming T20.
Excluding Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, the selectors of the Pakistan cricket team have given a chance to newcomers in the middle-order. But they failed most of the time. Babar Azam
and Mohammad Rizwan
are the mainstays of Pakistan's batting line-up in T20Is.
On the day when these two batsmen failed, Pakistan also failed. The same happened in the recently concluded T20I series against England. AKhtar is worried about the woes of the middle-order. His fear is that Pakistan will be eliminated in the first round of the World Cup to be held in Australia
"As I have said before, I fear that this Pakistan team can go out of the world cup in the first round itself," Akhtar said.
He added, "Pakistan middle order is not good. Plus Pakistan's openers if they don't perform, middle order gets into pressure. This is not the way to go into a world cup if you want to win the world cup. It is very sad.
"That's why I had criticised Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan's head coach) and others to get your middle order and batting order in order. Somehow, they are not listening. It's very sad to see that Pakistan is not doing well. It's disheartening.
"It's looking dire. It's not going to be easy for the management from here. Hopefully they learn a thing or two, start watching my videos (smiles) and improve," he further said.