Former fast-bowler, Shoaib Akhtar, slammed the ability of Pakistani batsmen after the disconcerting 3-wicket loss to England at Manchester.

The Men in Green was at one point held a full grip over the match with securing the 107-run 1st innings lead but unfortunately couldn’t make the much of it.

After the loss, Akhtar specifically criticized the vice-captain, Babar Azam, while speaking on his YouTube channel. The stalwart could only manage to score 5 runs in the second innings after playing an impressive 69 in the first innings.

“If you are not able to capitalise on a 107-run lead, however big a batsman you may be, you are of no use. Babar Azam has to come out with something good, because you can’t make a name for yourself like this. You are a good player but you got to establish yourself as a match-winner,” said Akhtar.

The Rawalpindi Express added that all Pakistan needed were partnerships to ensure Pakistan prolonged their dominancy.

“Pakistan got an opportunity to put a big score but the batting lets us down. We needed partnerships, stroke-making only when you get loose balls. It was a great chance for Pakistan to put 350-400 runs on the board. But again, none of Pakistan’s star batsmen could score runs,” he added.