Waqar says Pakistan seemed ‘worried about losing’ during England Tests

Home side lost the series 3-0

By Web Desk
December 20, 2022
Waqar Younis speaks during a training session — PCB

Legendary Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis has shed light on the Babar Azam-led unit’s mindset after suffering whitewash at the hands of England on home soil.

The former right-armer believes that Pakistan seemed worried about losing, which was evident from how they prepared the pitches during the series.

“If you go back a year and a half, we played against South Africa and Sri Lanka here, where all these young fast-bowlers emerged, and the pitches were good. They had good bounce and the spinners also came into play later,” Younis said.

“I thought over here we prepared pitches while being worried about losing. When you are worried about losing, you are going to lose most of the time and that’s what happened.

“Pakistan have got to think hard about what they want to do with these pitches because they discourage fast bowlers.”

This was the first time that Pakistan were whitewashed in a home Test series.

The Babar Azam-led unit also lost three Tests in a home series for the first time in their history.

Additionally, Pakistan also suffered defeats in four home Tests in a row for the first time.

It must be noted that England beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the third and final Test in Karachi Tuesday to sweep the series 3-0.

Resuming on 112-2, England reached the modest 167-run target in just 38 minutes, with Ben Duckett and Ben Stokes finishing unbeaten on 82 and 35 respectively.

Duckett cracked his 12th boundary off fast bowler Mohammad Wasim to seal the victory on the fourth day, with England finishing on 170-2.

England won the first Test in Rawalpindi by 74 runs and the second in Multan by 26 runs.

This was England´s first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005, having refused to tour the South Asian country in the years since because of security concerns.