Monday, 14 October 2019

Sri Lanka T20 series loss ‘an eye-opener’: Misbah-ul-Haq

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LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has come down hard on his players after the T20 series loss against Sri Lanka , terming it as an eye-opener for the national team.

“Losing is never good, especially against the second-leg Sri Lankan team, which is without their major players and it’s an eye-opener for us. We can see deficiencies in every department: bowling, batting and particularly the way we got out against spin, and also our death bowling,” Misbah said ahead of the third and last T20 against Sri Lanka today (Wednesday).

“There was a clear difference between both the sides. Despite being an inexperienced and young side, the visitors were disciplined and did everything right, while we completely failed to implement our plans,” he added.

The head coach admitted that Babar had great contributions in making Pakistan number one team in T20s but his failure have left the side exposed in this T20 series. “It is true that we gained number one ranking in T20s but if you dig deeper, you will see Babar Azam remained the main strength behind earning this top slot but he didn’t score in two games and we have been exposed,” he said.

When asked about poor performances of Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal, Misbah said: “Both the recalled players had been performing well for the last one year. Ahmed’s performance in the PSL was good enough to get a chance, while Umar also performed well in each and every given format. It’s really unfortunate that there is no other batsman in T20s, who had performed better than them. They got the chance in the team on merit.

“If they weren’t able to perform, what can be done? Obviously, I am answerable, but to build up a team, you need to do some experiments to get the answers. When you play someone in international cricket with a couple of games, you understand the utility of a player. We need to show some patience and wait for the next series to find answers.”

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