The former Test captain of Pakistan and one of the leading commentators Rameez Raja emphasised, during an interview to cricket.com.au, that the country’s cricket structure needs to be revamped so to counter the ’embarrassing’ and ‘admonishing’ slide in ODI rankings.
Pakistan ODI position has declined to ninth spot in the wake of 3-0 drubbing by Bangladesh in the recent series. In case they can’t manage to improve their ratings till September 30, they will not be able to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy scheduled to be played in England.
“It is a testament to how over the years the team and the system have refused to evolve and produce worthwhile talent to arrest the slide,” Rameez told cricket.com.au on Sunday.
“It is an embarrassing and alarming situation to see Pakistan getting dropped to number nine in the ODI rankings. I can’t imagine Pakistan missing the next ICC Champions Trophy. It will be a massive low.”
The former captain deplorably said that everything was adding up to cause the slide in performance.
“It is a mix of twisted domestic structure, the academy’s poor performance and the non-existence of school cricket that Pakistan has slid from number two to nine in the rankings in the space of a decade,” he said.
“Pakistan is still playing 1980s and 1990s style of one-day cricket with wickets in hand at the expense of a competitive batting run rate.
“Pakistan players, coaches and management require a change in strategy where they follow a fearless approach towards game. They also need to be aggressive in the selection matters,” he added.