ICC World Twenty20 warm-up: 71 all out vs South Africa, is paradise lost for Pakistan?

Pakistan have played two ICC World Twenty20 warm-up matches. After the thrilling seven-wicket win against New Zealand, the massive defeat against South Africa on Wednesday is exposing some deep-seated fissures in the Pakistani dressing room.

updated: March 20, 2014 17:14 IST
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Wednesday's ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match against South Africa showed how Pakistan's on-field performance can oscillate violently between the best and the worst. Twenty20 matches are expected to be closely-contested affairs but the massive eight-wicket defeat against South Africa at Fatullah is not good news for the 2009 T20 world champions. Coming as it did 48 hours before the 'big' clash against arch-rivals India, Pakistan's 71 all out in 17.3 overs has once again exposed some deep-seated 'issues' the team has often faced in the past. (Read: India a different side with Dhoni, says Misbah)

There are already reports of 'fights' inside the Pakistan dressing room, which can be one of the most difficult places to be in. Fights and quarrels inside a Pakistan dressing room are nothing new. There was a time in the Seventies and Eighties when the team had at least six players who had led the team at various times. Intikhab Alam, another former skipper, probably had the hardest job as a cricket manager. But the Pakistan team was so talented that their on-field performances more than covered up the internal problems. (Read: Inzamam fears for Pakistan after collapse vs South Africa)

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