ISLAMABAD: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad Tuesday called for streamlining the affairs of cricket as the green-shirts are struggling to qualify for major tournaments (like hockey) rather than earning a berth on the basis of performance.
“Pakistan was world champions in cricket, squash, hockey and snooker in the early 90s but that time of glory has gone now,” he said while talking to APP.
“See hockey, once a pride, now the players lack the caliber of heroes of the past,” he said.
Miandad appreciated the government for taking steps to revive hockey, saying that the game of cricket had also lost its standard and needed the government’s attention. Participation of the team, once ranked among the best ones in the world, in the Chmapions Trophy, the tournment initiated on Pakistan’s efforts, was now uncertain, he added.
“There was competition between 7th ranked Bangladesh, 8th ranked Pakistan and 9th ranked West Indies for last two berths in the Champions Trophy (CT). Bangladesh, however, have qualified for the tournament by winning the second One Day International of the three-match series against South Africa by 7 wickets. Now Pakistan and WI are left in the field for last berth in the CT,” he said.
According to International Cricket Council, the first eight ranked teams before September 2015 will qualify for the tournament.
Pakistan, which is currently playing a five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, has won the first. It must win this by a margin of at least 3-2 before heading into the Triangular series, also including West Indies and Zimbabwe before the cut-off date for the CT.
Pakistan will have to perform above par in the Triangular series. If Pakistan loses more than one match from WI then it will not qualify for the CT as West Indies will progress to 8th spot.
Miandad said that Bangladesh had improved a lot. “They are better than us. They have beaten us in the last ODI series because they are improving day by day.”
He said that Pakistani players lacked consistency, which was the main reason for their uneven performance.