Pakistan suffered an eight-wicket defeat in the third and final Test against England in Karachi on Tuesday. The defeat resulted in Pakistan being whitewashed for the first time in a Test series at home and their first of four consecutive defeats (including one against Australia earlier this year). During the series, PCB chief Ramiz Raja, impressed by England’s ‘buzzball’ theory, advised Pakistan captain Babar Azam to “pick T20 players” for the Tests. Babur ended Rameez’s statement with a scathing remark.
During the second Test in Multan, Ramiz sat down for an interview with former England captain Michael Atherton on Sky Cricket, where he talked about Pakistan cricket, the stadium and the ongoing series. During the chat, Rameez appreciated England’s fresh approach to Test cricket and said that he advised Babar to pick T20 players for Test cricket just like England.
“Like England for example, I suggested to Babar that England is playing T20 format in the five-day edition, so you pick T20 players here. This is a mindset forced upon Pakistan, which I absolutely love. I want the coming generation to see it as a T20 format like England is playing.
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On Tuesday, Babar was asked about Rameez’s advice and he closed by saying that Pakistan has a plan for every format and the mindset cannot be changed overnight, it takes time.
“The door is not closed to anyone. There is a set plan for everything and we have it for every format. You cannot change things in a day or a week. It takes time. It takes time to change mindset Then, if we start playing defensively, reporters will ask why we don’t play offensively, and when we do play offensively, they’ll ask why we don’t play the other way around. The question is always You can’t please everyone. Ultimately what matters is the result. If results don’t come then questions will arise no matter what we do.
Pakistan now has to play a two-match series against New Zealand from 26 December.