Pakistan cricket team suffered a five-wicket loss to England in the 2022 T20 World Cup final on Sunday in Melbourne. Pakistan was restricted to 137/8 in 20 overs after being invited to bat, and England chased the target score with an over to spare.
Ben Stokes was the star of the show for the England, as he remained not-out on 52 off 49 deliveries to secure a second World Cup title for the side. The Pakistan side, mainly the batting order is going through a massive criticism for its performance in the finale, However, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad talked about a rather unusual concern in the team.
The former skipper indicated that Pakistan have depended more on foreign coaches over the last few years; in the current structure, Pakistan had Matthew Hayden as the team's mentor, while Shaun Tait as the bowling coach. The former Pakistan head coach further wondered what the future of the current players will be, as the management is inclining more towards the foreign coaches.
“Ham logon ne County kheli hai, magar aaj jo ye ladke khel rahe hain, inka future kya hai? (We have played County, but those who are playing right now, what's their future?),” said Miandad on Cricket Pakistan.
When the anchor stated that Veron Philander was also a member of the support staff in T20 World Cup last year, Miandad became rather irked. “Lao na inko, inse ham log question karenge. Puchein toh sahi ham bhi, batao cricket ke baare me. (Bring them to the studio, we will ask them questions. We also want to know what they know about cricket),” Miandad said.
“Board apne aap ko bachaati hai ki aasaani se aa jaayein, fir ham log sahi hain. (Board tries to save itself with such hiring).”
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad, then, made a rather explosive statement about the match-fixing scandals in Pakistan cricket.
“Apne logon ko dekhein, apne logon ne jo cricket kheli hai. Mujhe aisa kuch nahi hai, mujhe badi offers aati hain par main nahi jaata. Ye jo players khel rahe hain, ab ye aaj khel rahe hain. Inka future kya hai? Unko pata hai ki aaj maine kuch nahi kiya, toh kal main kya karunga? Fixing iss vajah se hui thi. Sabko dar tha ki ye kaat naa de hamko. (Look at our crickets who have played cricket in the past. I'm not talking about myself, I've received a lot of offers in the past but I don't go. What will happen to players who are there right now? They know they don't have anywhere to go if they don't perform. Fixing happened because of this very reason. Everyone was scared that their career will be over),” said Miandad.