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Salman Butt questions Pakistan’s strategy despite a 120-run victory against West Indies

By BetBarter Staff

June 11, 2022

Pakistan had a dominant 120-run victory over the West Indies in the second ODI of their ongoing series. The men in green took a 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series at the Multan Cricket Stadium. While the team displayed a brilliant all-rounded game, former Pakistan player Salman Butt was not satisfied.

Butt has criticized the team’s management for their lack of vision and said they have no clue where they are headed. In an attempt to clarify, he stated that the team management’s middle-order planning was inadequate. He also questioned why they sent Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan ahead of Khushdil Shah in the last game. Apart from that, the former opener was confused as to why Mohammad Haris was only named as a specialist middle-order batter and not a wicketkeeper-batter.

“There are certain things that Pakistan can sort out for themselves. Like in the first ODI, Khushdil Shah finished the game brilliantly for Pakistan and won the game for the team and was unbeaten as well. But in the next game, when Pakistan was in trouble, they sent Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan before Khushdil. What are they even doing? What are they even planning?” Butt said on his YouTube channel.

“Another thing, you are playing Mohammad Haris, but you are not playing him as a wicketkeeper. If he is replacing Sarfaraz then why aren’t you playing him as a wicketkeeper-batsman? If you need him as a middle-order batter then play Shan Masood or Kamran Ghulam. West Indies aren’t posing us any challenges because they have problems of their own. But which direction are we heading into? What is our strategy?” he added.

Pakistan vs West Indies 2nd ODI

As for the match, Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq put on a crucial 120-run stand to help Pakistan recover after losing an early wicket. Each struck a half-century in the game, but the bowlers recovered to take regular wickets, limiting the hosts to 275. The West Indies were unable to maintain any significant partnerships during the chase. Pakistan eventually won by 120 runs after taking wickets at regular intervals.