Nasir Hossain and Abdur Razzak came under the scanner for their recent form and the hosts desperately need to see the players get back their rhythm to succeed in the ICC World Twenty20. Both the players however were not ready to accept the fact and raised fingers towards media for criticism.
When soft-spoken left-arm spinner Razzak started talking to the reporters in an open media discussion, the experienced campaigner failed to hold back his emotions. But Nasir was prompt to point his finger towards media by saying that: "I think media talk more than the people."
Nasir had tremendous consistency before scoring just 140 runs in seven innings in 2014, and a very good fielder Nasir dropped some crucial catches in recent times which raised many eyebrows. But his observation was: "Jonty Rhodes also dropped catches. In my career I took many good catches. You can miss some.
"I think my form is okay. I have made 30 or 40 odd runs in the last game. My batting position doesn't allow me to bat for long and in reality my strike-rate has to be more than 100. If I am scoring 10 off 20 balls, it brings pressure. I think it can happen, didn't score big in a few matches, but I am trying to get out of this. I think the thought 'I have to perform, people are talking' has probably put pressure on me," he explained.
Razzak took just two wickets in the last three games but he received most criticism for giving away 18 runs when Pakistan needed 31 off 18 balls in chase of 327.
"We have only one place to have our say which is the field. Nothing would be said if you perform in the middle, that's it," said an emotional Razzak. "For most of my career I have bowled in the Powerplays and in the final overs. You have seen that I gave away only 5-6 runs in those overs, but no one will remember that."
He however wanted to take the criticism in a positive stride. "Fingers were pointed at me when I have done badly, which I think is good in a way. It helps me understand that I am not doing well."