Karachi: Shahid Afridi's captaincy came in for criticism from current and former players after Pakistan squandered a chance to enter its third successive ICC World Twenty20 final by losing a last-over thriller to Australia.
After millions of fans were left disappointed and stunned at their team's defeat, former Test players felt poor tactics on the field in the final few overs cost Pakistan the match.
Australia scored an incredible 34 runs in the last two overs to stun Pakistan which seemed to be cruising to victory after setting a target of 191 for Michael Clarke's men.
Left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir went for 16 in the penultimate over while off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was hit for three sixes and a four in the final over by Michael Hussey. “I have played a lot with Saeed and he is a sort of bowler who struggles against the left-handers and in pressure situations, it was not a good idea to give him the final over when there were two left-handers at the crease,” all-rounder Sohail Tanvir said. Tanvir and Saeed both play for KRL and Rawalpindi in domestic cricket. Tanvir was ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee operation— PTI