Former Pakistan cricket skipper and current Afghanistan coach Inzamam-ul-Haq refused to talk on India-Pakistan WT20 match. The match between India and Pakistan in WT20 2016 will be played this Saturday at Kolkata.
After the match between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in the Group 1 encounter of Super 10 stage, Inzamam was asked in the press conference to comment about India-Pakistan match. Inzamam replied, “I am the Afghanistan coach.” After that, Inzamam got up and left that conversation.
Earlier in that press conference, Inzamam praised Afghanistan players for performing well against the defending champion Sri Lanka. However, Afghanistan suffered 6-wickets defeat against Sri Lanka after scoring 153/7 at batting first.
Inzamam said about his team’s performance, “I think our team needs more experience. We were playing against the champions, and I thought we performed very well, gave them a tough time, and we could even have won, but they were an experienced team, and handled the pressure well. The more international cricket we play, the more exposure we get, and I feel we will give good performances. Our boys batted well, they bowled well too, but there were a few lapses in fielding, and I think it was the pressure of playing in a big tournament. But overall, we did very well, and could have done even better.
Inzamam added, “The way our captain [Asghar Stanikzai] batted, the way our lower order contributed according to our team’s requirements, and the fact that our boys didn’t give up.”
Inzamam thinks that his team was 15-20 runs short despite scoring over 100 runs in the last 10 overs. Inzamam said, “We got a little stuck in the first ten overs, and if we had made 60 or 70 by that point, we could have made 170-plus on this wicket. The outfield was very fast, the pitch was very good [to bat on], so I think we were perhaps 15-20 runs short, but if we had made better use of the first 10 overs, we could have definitely made a bigger total.