‘Not because England are playing outstanding…’ – Imam-ul-Haq reviews Pakistan’s defeat in first Two tests

By Daniel S

December 16, 2022

Pakistan lost to England in the second Test that kicked off on December 9 by just 26 runs, chasing a target of 355 and the team got to face a lot of criticism from the press and the fans as well. Imam-ul-Haq, the Pakistani opener said that the team have to blame themselves for the loss and it was not because of the Three Lions’ outstanding display. 

Saying that the team lost only because of their own mistakes, Imam said that both games at Rawalpindi and Multan were at Pakistan’s hands until England snatched the win because of the onfield errors from the Babar Azam-led team. 

“Test matches in Rawalpindi and Multan were in our hands. Unfortunately, we were unable to execute our plans, which is disappointing. Pakistan is not losing because England are playing outstanding test cricket. We are losing because of our own mistakes,” Imam was quoted as saying. 

Notably, the Pakistani men were so close to winning the second Test until stupendous bowling from Mark Wood took the game away from Babar and his men as the pacer took a four-for to clinch the win for his team, eventually helping the Three Lions to seal the series, when the least expected. 

We will keep on playing as we do: Imam-ul-Haq

Further, Imam opened up on Babar and Mohammad Rizwan duo and said that the duo must continue to open in the T20Is for the Men in Green and added that there will not be any change in the approach in the third Test, although Pakistan have already lost the series.

“There is no opener currently capable of meeting the performances of the opening duo of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in T20. We will keep on playing as we do. We lost due to our mistakes, and we admit it. We will try and come up strongly,” Imam was quoted as saying further. As things stand, it remains to be seen if Pakistan could make a comeback in the third Test and win it for pride, although one could argue that the English team are well on course to clinch a whitewash.