ISLAMABAD - Former Test cricketer M Wasim has expressed his utter disappointment over Pakistan cricket team’s disgraceful 5-0 series defeat at the hands of New Zealand team.

Talking to The Nation on Tuesday, Wasim said: “Obviously, we were not expecting Pakistan team to hammer Kiwis, but it should have been highly close series, may be 3-2 victory or loss for green caps, but not 5-0 whitewash. It was highly demoralizing especially after the Champions Trophy victory, due to which Pakistan team’s morale was sky high and they should have performed better against the Kiwis.”

Wasim said Pakistan team had badly lacked planning and much-needed preparations for New Zealand tour. “Pakistan team was very tough side in papers and New Zealand was a weak one, as they had only 2 or 3 experienced players, while rest of the players were fresh. If we compare both the teams, I still believe that Pakistan was balanced and comparatively better than Kiwis.”

The former cricketer said Pakistan was supposed to play good cricket, but batsmen completely flopped, as there was no footwork witnessed during their innings. They should have prepared for Kiwi bowlers, but they took extra pressure and gifted the series to them. We are facing shortage of new bowlers. Every other top cricket playing nation has world class bowlers, who provide breakthroughs in the early overs. We had experienced M Aamir but he failed to deliver.

“The captain and team management are unsure that they are using different bowling combinations up front, which I feel is not the approach to play against a side, which is very good at home. We badly missed Juniad Khan, who could have made huge difference,” he added.

About bowling department, Wasim said: “Our bowlers didn’t bowl accordingly. Shahdab though bowled well, yet we badly need a quality spinner and off course, in the absence of Junaid Khan, the PCB should have sent M Irfan, as he is bowling at the top. We baldy need a guy like him to provide early breakthroughs and he could have created too many problems for Kiwi batsmen with his height and express pace.

“Despite 5-0 ODI series lost, the team management and coach are not thinking on the lines, they should have after losing the series 3-0. They should have come up with different strategy, some changes would have made huge difference. Pakistan team was not the stuff to lose 5-0, if they had entered with aggressive frame of mind and had put the opponents under pressure, they would have easily won the series,” he added.

“Sarfraz should have utilised his options accordingly. He was under enormous pressure and not in right frame of mind. The way the batsmen committed silly and childish mistakes, it would not help captain and team and to make things further worse. Pakistan also lost the first T20 International badly and I was not expecting such failure on all fronts. There is still time left and Pakistan team management must shape up or prepare proper planning to save the sinking ship of Pakistan cricket,” Wasim concluded.