Pakistan’s bowling coach Shaun Tait’s reaction after the team’s loss in the sixth T20 match against England on Friday surprised everyone. Tait, who was sent to hold a press conference after the 8-wicket loss at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, took a jibe at the Pakistan team, saying, “They send me when we lose badly.”
Tait’s statement caused discomfort and the moderator of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) turned off the microphone and had some conversation with Tait. It seemed that he told Shaun Tait that his statement could cause problems. This reaction of the former Australian legend has gone viral on social media.
England beat Pakistan thanks to Phil Salt’s 88-run knock, with the series level at 3-3. Babar Azam scored 87 runs for Pakistan. Tait said during the press conference, “They attacked us. He was trying to hit boundaries on every ball. It worked in the first three overs and took our bowlers a bit off the pace. We didn’t make too many mistakes and got to see great batting. Sometimes you have to applaud the batting team.”
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In the absence of fast bowler Haris Rauf and ailing Naseem Shah, Pakistan’s fast bowlers fought hard against Salt’s power-hitting. He scored only 59 runs in the last five matches but played a brilliant innings on Friday with the help of 13 fours and three sixes. Earlier, Pakistan was invited to bat first.
The team’s top-order struggled without world No-1 T20 batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who was rested after scoring four half-centuries in the last five matches. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Haris got a chance to play in place of Rizwan. He gave an easy catch to short third man off Richard Gleason. He got out after scoring 7 runs. Gleason got a chance in place of Chris Woakes.