“There will be no margin for mistakes” Hafeez had said prior to the match. One would think that if each and every one of the men in the playing 11 knew this then why were so many made during play?
What was with Akmal junior and his overthrows?
What was with Shahzad’s inability to get to the ball?
Why did Sohaib keep taking full 30 seconds before releasing the ball he had fielded?
Why is Gul constantly brought back at the death, given he is recovering from injury?
Why are Ajmal’s overs constantly being kept till after the 15th?
Why did Kamran hand Bravo a sitter?
Heck! Why was he, along with Malik, even included in the squad?
Why did Akmal junior walk further out of his crease rather than back into it once the ball was in the keeper’s hands, didn’t somebody tell him that not all keep the way his brother does?
What was with Malik and Afridi and their gymnastic returns to the dug outs?
Trust me I can go on and on with the questioning, we all can. But what pains is that we ask so much yet the answers we get are the same old scripted ones.
When Hafeez said, “best of luck to all the semi finalists, they deserve that spot” he stabbed the hearts of countless supporters with his words.
Hafeez, we deserved that spot as much as any of them did. If only you had believed that from the moment you stepped foot in Dhaka. No one wrote us off even when we entered the do or die stage since match one. The reason? Because Team Green is simply too darn talented. And there’s proof. Akmal junior’s blistering 94, Shahzad’s cocky century, Babar’s heroics, even Gul impressed a few times here and there.
Yes, winning and losing is an integral part of the game. We accept the fact that we lost by a shameful 84 runs in the quarter finals, a match we approached with the attitude of a warm up one. We accept the fact that at the end of the day the Windies were the far better side. We accept that this is the first Pakistani 11 that failed to make it to the semi finals of the T20 World Cup. A spot that we seemed to have a birth right to. A format that is completely ours. I will not waste my time writing what a shame it is that along with not appearing in the hockey World Cup, Pakistanis have also been deprived of a spot in the final 4. Both of which had been a Pakistani tradition.
Perhaps each player that played even a single match in the tournament ought to take a long hard look at himself in the mirror and consider what and where they would’ve been if this nation didn’t love them as much.
We will love you through your highs and your lows, but Team Green you ought’ a stop exploiting these feelings, ‘cause everything has a red line stretched ahead of it.
The Pakistan that appeared before the Windies is the Pakistan that should cease to exist.
Afridi apologized after losing the semi finals of the 2011 ODI World Cup, we took it. Only because we knew of the turbulence the team had gone through in the recent past. This time round too the captain apologized though the format and the captain were different. Professor, though, is steering a 2014 model cruise ship. The latest, the trendiest, with not a single player sporting a black spot on his career.
So, Hafeez’s apology… I don’t take it. Professor you did it the last time, you could’ve done it again. You just left too many lose ends.
Now just one question. What is an apology going to set right?
By: Fatima Arshad