Ever since the whitewash against Australia, Pakistan cricket has been under criticism. After being whitewashed in the three-Test series at Azid’s soil, Shaheen Shah Afridi is now on tour to New Zealand. Pakistan will take on New Zealand in a five-match T20I series from tomorrow (January 12). Earlier, Pakistan’s cricket was in the headlines again after analyzing the failure in Australia.
In the first Test of the series in Perth, Pakistan’s pacers averaged 132-133 kmph. Legendary pacer Walker Younis also questioned their speed at that time. Afridi said in the discussion of that speed, at one time they thought, maybe there is a problem with the speed song or not!
Asked about the poor pace of Pakistan’s pacers in Perth, Afridi expressed his surprise, ‘To be honest, when we were bowling, we were looking at the big screen and wondering to ourselves – is our pace really that low! I could not understand. I was trying hard from the start while bowling, but the pace was getting up to 132-133 kmph.’
At that time there was a doubt about their speed gun, said Shahin, ‘I was very surprised. And I wonder if the broadcasters have decided not to show more speed in speed songs?’
There were concerns about Afridi’s fitness midway through the series. Also, the speed gun was indicating that Pakistan’s pacers, including Afridi, could not bowl at a speed of more than 130. Walker Younis then suggested that Afridi should consider taking a break from the game, otherwise he will eventually become a medium pacer. Pakistan rested Shaheen in the last Test of the series.