DateLine: 29th October 2013
It seems, from many angles, that batting is the main source of the Pakistan national cricket teamís woes. But why is batting such a problem for Pakistan?
Theories are many and include all sorts of speculation about the lack of international exposure in the country thanks to the fact that they havenít hosted an international team since a terrorist incident on the Sri Lankan team in 2009 to poor education affecting the young cricketers in the country.
Bad batting trips Pakistan up
Speaking to the media at Lahore airport he talked about the teamís performance in the second test in Harare and how it was the bad batting that led to the teamís defeat.
He said: ďOur batting was the culprit on a pitch which was good for batting. In both innings of the second test we couldn't cross 250. We only crossed 300 once in the four innings on this tour. How can you win a Test match without scoring 300 runs?Ē
Very little improvement
The openers tried out over the past few years like Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Taufeeq Umar and Imran Farhat have been playing international cricket for Pakistan for around a decade but their technical problems with batting are still apparent. They have not found a way to 'stick it out', avoid a 'rush of blood' or not chase after balls outside off stump. They are easy prey for savvy oppositions. Umar Akmal scored a century in his first Test match but hasnít since then. Shahid Afridi appeared better when he played as a teenager many years ago and Kamran Akmal, despite being one of the top batsmen for a while, appeared to go backwards.
It can be hard to predict how and when Pakistan will start performing better but checking the odds at Freebets and keeping up to date with changing fortunes will help work out when would be a good time to lay bets on the team.
Education for young cricketers
Lacking the analytical skills necessary to play strategically there is a chance that young cricketers just arenít being taught the right way to bat at a world class level.
Whatever the reason, itís clear that Pakistan need to sort out their form if they want to start really competing with other national teams.
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