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‘Lady luck, Afridi behind big Pak loss to Oz’


Posted: May 04, 2010 at 1717 hrs IST

Lahore: Whenever Pakistan loses a match, the knives come out. This time, there was an imaginative difference.

Former Pakistan opener Mudassar Nazar while criticising skipper Shahid Afridi for making some wrong moves against Australia during their encounter in the ICC T20 World Championship, has said that lady luck also did not favour the captain.

“In the match against Australia, I think Afridi did not have any luck with all the decisions he took,” Mudassar said.

He however blasted Afridi for opting to open the bowling with part time spinner Mohammed Hafeez and giving a three over spell to fast bowler Mohammed Aamer.

Mudassar said Aamer is a kind of bowler who is more effective in the dying stages of the game.

“If Aamer is believed to be good in opening the spell, he is more lethal bowling the last few overs because of his angle and reverse swinging yorkers, which he amply demonstrated in the last over,” The Nation quoted Mudassar, as saying.

Aamer gave 23 runs without any success in the first three overs of his spell in the match, which the defending champions lost by 34 runs, but in the last over of his quota he grabbed three quick wickets.

The eventful last over of the Australian innings produced five wickets, including two run outs.

Mudassar pointed out that the batting and fielding remains the area of prime concern for Pakistan, adding that Afridi’s own bad patch with the bat was also a cause of worry.

“Afridi’s poor form is alarming even for himself. But I believe he is good enough to recover and would surely make a difference in the next games,” he said.

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