Zim vs Pak Test series: Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja has slammed Zimbabwe after a one-sided contest against Pakistan. He has asked them to focus only on white-ball commitments as their Test matches involving the African side does not help viewership of the longest format of the game.
Zim vs Pak Test series – Pakistan won series 2-0: Raja said Zimbabwe did not learn anything from their Test series against Pakistan at home, where they were thrashed 2-0 played at Harare. Raja said “such mismatch series” will only impact the already low viewership for Test cricket.
“Such mismatch series should not take place. Test cricket is already under pressure and very few people watch it. If you show them such one-sided matches, then they will switch to watching football or other sports. 3-day Test match is a joke,” Ramiz Raja said while speaking for his YouTube channel.
“Some people are of the opinion that when a weak team plays a strong one, you need to focus on what you learn from it rather than the outcome of the match. You learn from the stronger team’s process and the way it adapts to the changing situation of a game. But I don’t think Zimbabwe learned anything from this series because they were continuously dominated by Pakistan.
“Also, there was no difference in their performance in the second Test as compared to the first one,” he added.
Zim vs Pak Test series – Pakistan won series 2-0: He went on to say that cricket in the African country has gone for a toss over the last few decades and the dip in quality is visible in the way the senior team played. Zimbabwe, ranked No. 10 in ICC Test Rankings, have played against the top 10 sides only five times since 2016.
“It’s sad to see Zimbabwe’s current state because they were a very competitive team back in the day. Their team in the 1992 World Cup had three or four world-class players who could take the game away from you if proper planning was not done,” Raja said.
“There has been a gradual deterioration in their system and structure along with corruption in cricket board. This performance is a reflection of this deterioration over the past 15-20 years. I hope they do well in the future but for now, they should not play Test cricket and concentrate only on white-ball cricket,” he added.