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Salman Butt after loss to England: Pakistan's fan base is lower than before


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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt stated that if Pakistan continues to put up such poor performances against top teams like England, the side would lose more and more supporters.

Butt said on his YouTube channel after England beat Pakistan by 9 wickets that was forced to make 11 changes from their last match because of a virus outbreak in their camp.

 “How do you make fans? You make fans by winning matches and that is why people follow you. If you don't have a good victory ratio, if you aren't a world-beater and good competitor you won't have any fans. Fans will stay only till you get results and if you see the current state, Pakistan's fan base is lower than before,” he said.

“The star value of players is also lesser. Babar (Azam) has a good fan base because he is an outright performer. But if they don't win and lose matches like they did against an inexperienced England team then it will hurt the team,” Butt added.

Butt also said Pakistan batsmen don’t have the mentality to bat full 50 overs. As Pakistan were bowled out for 141 in 35.2 overs on a pitch that was pretty good for batting.

“Yes, it was a bad day but they also need to accept the fact and say it out loud and clear that they didn't play well. We didn't show fight with either bat or bowl. We don't have the mentality to play full 50 overs. No one talks about these things,” he added.

Pakistan will now have to win the second ODI to level the series and stay alive in the three-match ODI series.