Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has tried to clarify why the 1992 World Champions and 2009 T20I winners are struggling on the international circuit with series of inconsistent performances. There has been a downward spiral for the Pakistani national side post their remarkable performance within the ICC Champions Trophy hosted by England in 2017. Despite starting 2017 final as underdogs, the then Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side punched above their weight to outclass favourites Team India within the summit clash.

Though many predicted a bright future for the Pakistani national side after their stunning triumph in an exceedingly major ICC event, the Green Army since then has only recorded a forgetful 2019 ICC World Cup where they even did not make it to the business end of the quadrennial event. What followed next was a devastating home defeat at the hands of a second-string countryside which triggered an on the spot sacking of Sarfaraz from the captainship and also the national squad.

With a series of inconsistent performances on sight within the 2020 season and Babar Azam’s pleasing form across all formats because the only blessing in disguise, there’s no denying that Pakistan cricket goes through a rough patch and that they have endorsed a tumultuous run on the international circuit. Imam, who is trying to cement his position within the national side has asserted that the Pakistan national side is haunted by the fear of failure.

‘Fear of failure haunts Pakistan team’

“Our team contains fear of failure, although that’s my personal assessment, which is why players don’t perform consistently. they’re worried about getting dropped from the side after two or three poor performances,” Imam said during an Instagram Live session