Sunday, 24 October 2021

Babar Azam admits other teams were better prepared


KARACHI: Pakistan batsman Babar Azam admits other teams were better prepared for the World Cup than the Men in Green.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t perform well in the first match because of that,” he said while addressing the media on Tuesday.

The star batsman was happy with his side’s performance against the hosts though. “England are one of the top-ranked teams,” he added.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq, who was also present at the press conference, said the matches were tough but felt the batsmen performed well.

“Ups and downs are a part of cricket,” he remarked, adding that sometimes you just don’t get the desired results even if you work really hard for them.

Imam knows, however, that there is room for improvement after he struggled for most of the tournament before scoring a century in the dead-rubber clash against Bangladesh.

“I try to set higher goals to perform better and deal with the challenges,” said Imam.

He said he has learned a lot in the field and tries to stay positive despite the criticism he faces.

Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim said that he would not have played in the Cricket World Cup if the team was divided into groups.


Imad dismisses claims of grouping in team

Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim said that he would not have played in the Cricket World Cup if the team was divided into groups.

“The players play for their country,” he said in a press conference with fellow spin all-rounder Shadab Khan on Monday. “We know about the reports that were being aired on the media channels. I think the media should be more careful in the future. There was nothing like it.”

He went on to say that he knows captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for over a decade. “Neither he nor the team behaved in the way that was being reported in the media.”

The all-rounder added that the players know that they have to follow the captain’s instructions.

“I would have been happy if we would have won the world championship due to my efforts,” he commented about his individual performances in the tournament. “I would give credit to all the players who contributed regardless of their experience.”

Imad said that the seven-wicket defeat against the West Indies in their opening game landed a huge blow to Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the semi-finals stage. “We lost the opening game to West Indies, and from then on in it became very tough to catch up to the net run-rate. Our main job was to win matches.”

The all-rounder went on to say that all the nine sides in the competition played exceptional cricket and that they should not be bemoaning their poor luck.


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