The Pakistani cricket team has been playing the majority of their home games in the United Arab Emirates ever since gunmen attacked a bus full of team members in Lahore in 2009. Six policemen were killed, and seven players along with an assistant coach were injured. Their captain, Shahid Afridi, has stated that he will make a decision on whether or not to retire once he returns home to Pakistan, after the current cricket season is over. He has been captain of the team twice, having been appointed for the second time in 2014, two years ago.
He is very famous in Pakistan, nicknamed “Boom Boom” for his hitting style in cricket matches. He lamented that they did not perform well enough in their last four matches, although it was difficult since they were up against such a good team that has a high record of wins. Instead, they lost and Australia went through to the next round.
Cricket is a very demanding sport that requires a lot of physical and mental strength from its athletes. Additionally, it can be quite taxing for the team to not be able to play home games in their home country like all of the other teams. This can lead to decreased team morale and spirit, making them burn out faster and not perform as well in games.