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PCB Chairman Calls for ‘Major Surgery’ Following Pakistan’s Loss to India in T20 World Cup

Pakistan cricket team suffers a disheartening loss to India in the recent T20 World Cup 2024 showdown. The match, which took place at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, ended with India winning by a narrow margin of six runs. This was the eighth meeting between the two arch-rivals in the history of the T20 World Cup.

The match started positively for Pakistan, with the team not losing a wicket in the first four overs. However, the momentum shifted when Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah after scoring 13 runs. Usman Khan came in to support Mohammad Rizwan, but the right-handed batter lost his wicket to Axar Patel.

Pakistan needed a strong partnership in the middle overs, but none of their batters could provide that. Fakhar Zaman (13 off 8), Shadab Khan (4 off 7), and Imad Wasim (15 off 23) all left the pavilion without scoring big. The turning point of the match was when Bumrah bowled Rizwan for 31 runs. The wicketkeeper batter was in a strong position and looked like the man to guide the Green Shirts to victory, but Bumrah denied that. Pakistan finished their innings at 113-7 in 20 overs.

Earlier in the first innings, the Pakistani bowlers dominated the Indian batters completely and did not give them much room to shine in one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament. Pakistan started the match brilliantly as Naseem Shah managed to remove Virat Kohli in his first over for just four runs. The Green Shirts didn’t stop as just in the next over, Shaheen Afridi got the wicket of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.

Axar Patel came in to bat at number four over Suryakumar Yadav to avoid a collapse. However, he too was removed by Naseem in the eighth over. India looked in good touch with Rishabh Pant and Yadav combining but the latter was removed by Haris Rauf and that was the wicket that started the Indian collapse.

Soon after Suryakumar’s wicket, India lost wickets in quick succession as Amir removed Pant (42 off 31) and Ravindra Jadeja on two balls in the 15th over. Rauf did the remaining damage and the entire Indian team was soon all out for just 119 runs in 19 overs.

For Pakistan, Naseem and Haris starred with the ball taking three wickets each. Amir got two while Shaheen Afridi picked one.

Following the match, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi hinted at changes in the national team, saying a “major surgery” is needed. “It seemed that a minor surgery would work but after this bad performance, I’m now sure that a major surgery is required. The nation will soon see a major overhaul,” said Naqvi while speaking to journalists after the Pak-Ind match on Sunday.

The chairman further said that their biggest challenge is to improve the team’s performance as it is currently at the lowest level. Speaking about the upcoming events, Naqvi said that they have to prepare a team for the Champions Trophy 2025. “The time has come to give a chance to the outside talent,” he asserted.

“We have to make the Pakistani cricket team one of the best in the world. The nation does not expect such a disappointing performance from the cricket team,” said Naqvi.

The defeat has now left Pakistan with very few options as they are now waiting for the outcome of other matches before knowing well whether they would be in a position to qualify for the next stage. Pakistan’s Super 8s qualification hopes hang in thin air after they were handed a defeat in Dallas by co-hosts USA. The Babar Azam-led side will now have a mammoth task to climb up the points table to qualify for the knockouts.

Looking ahead, Pakistan’s next match in the T20 World Cup 2024 will be against Canada on Tuesday, 11 June 2024 at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York. This will be the Match 22 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, 2024. The match is yet to begin. Following this, they will face Ireland on Sunday, 16 June 2024 at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida. This will be the Match 36 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, 2024. The match is yet to begin.

The defeat against India and the upcoming matches have put the spotlight on the future of the Pakistan cricket team. The PCB has scheduled around 238 days of international cricket during the four-year period comprising 27 ICC World Test Championship fixtures (13 home and 14 away), 47 One-Day Internationals (26 home and 21 home), and 56 Twenty20 Internationals (27 home and 29 away). These include matches in the ACC 50-over Asia Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy, which Pakistan will stage in 2023 and 2025, respectively.

The nation and the cricketing world will be watching closely to see how the Pakistan cricket team responds to these challenges and whether the “major surgery” hinted at by the PCB Chairman will lead to a resurgence in the team’s performance.

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