ISLAMABAD: Pakistan lost the three-match One-day International series 1-2 against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates (neutral venue). They won the first match by 138 runs but lost the second by 64 runs and the third by a narrow margin of seven runs.
In the third and final ODI played at Abu Dhabi, young tail-ender Mohammad Aamer scored a courageous 73 runs _ the highest ever individual score by a No. 10 batsman in the history of one-day internationals.
The Pakistani batsmen had earlier struggled to chase down a modest target of 212 runs on a placid wicket at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. They were reeling at 101-9 before Aamer and Saeed Ajmal brought them within sight of a sensational victory with a 103-run
last wicket stand, a Pakistan record.
Pakistan team and captain Younis Khan are being severely criticized for defeat by former former cricketers and media
Former Test paceman Sarfraz Nawaz said Younis should have sacrificed his spot and allowed Shahid Afridi to lead Pakistan in the last game against New Zealand.
Younis, whose resignation letter was rejected by the Pakistan Cricket Board last month, was out of form with the bat in all three matches against New Zealand, managing 0, 19 and 3. But Pakistan preferred to rotate its three other inform batsmen Shoaib Malik,
Umar Akmal and Mohammad Yousuf in the series.
Former chief selector Abdul Qadir said it was hard to believe the way Pakistan batsmen threw their wickets on a pitch where young Aamer scored a magnificent half century.
“If Aamer can score, what had gone wrong with our batsmen?” Qadir asked.
Afridi, the Pakistan Twenty20 captain, said before the one-day series against New Zealand that some players had experienced problems with Younis during the Champions Trophy and he had informed both the PCB chief and the captain about it.
Another former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said that Younis had been given too much control, which is damaging the Pakistan team.
“I fail to understand who has given him this license to kill as he first rested Malik and then Yousuf from the all important last match,” Inzamam told the daily Jang newspaper. “If the captain does not raise the confidence of senior players how can we expect improved performance from the team?”