Ashraf Ali Siddiqui looks at a strange turnaround for
Pakistani cricket team
The green shirts were Highly anticipated T-20 final apparently out of it by all accounts but then the wheel of fortune turned their way and they were suddenly back in the game. It was astonishing to see them qualifying for the finals of the T-20 championship after putting up a horrendous performance by losing to Zimbabwe and revealing for the umpteenth time that they cannot be trusted at all. They were lucky that many other highly rated teams also put in sub-standard performances providing Pakistan team the chance to reach the final. In this respect one can quote the astonishing defeat of the veteran South African team at the hands of the novice Netherlands cricketers and was sent crashing out of the tournament.
The tournament proved full of surprises where champions lost and Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, West Indies and Bangladesh failing to make the grades. Teams like Netherlands, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan showed great promise. T-20 format is fast gaining in currency and the kind of excitement it is generating may soon make it the first-ranking amongst cricketing fixtures. It has already outstripped ODI format and voices are now heard for scrapping it though it may take some time before it disappears from the cricketing map.
Anyway now Pakistan team is bracing itself to face the England team for the much anticipated final on coming Sunday. The maverick as the team is nothing is predictable. In the last encounter this summer in home series after an initial flourish the England team finally beat the green shirts. Let us hope that this time Pakistani team does not let that happen. TW