Pakistan bowling coach Mushtaq Ahamed lambasted his players for their poor fielding and lack fitness as Pakistan lost the Twenty 20 series to England 2-0. Mushtaq rang the alarm bell as he feels huge improvement needed before the upcoming World T20 2016 in India.
After losing the first T20 by 14 runs, Pakistan lost a last over thriller in Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday (November 27) that helped England to seal T20 series 2-0 after the 3-1 ODI series victory.
“Modern cricket and it’s protocols have changed. We were sitting at No.2 in Twenty20 because we have skilled players but maybe we are lacking in fitness and fielding, and if you analyse, it’s a fitness game,” Mushtaq said while talking to the journalists on Saturday. “The team management has to take responsibility. You have to face the reality that you have to raise your game and as coaches we have to lift the performance.
“If a player is not fit but is skillful then in today’s game you need fitness more and if after taking double runs twice and you can’t hit a boundary off a bad ball then it’s a problem.”
Meanwhile, if Pakistan managed to win the final T20 they will slump to fourth in the ICC T20 rankings. They will have same rating points as West Indies and Australia. Currently, Sri Lanka are the topper of the list.
If Pakistan lose the series 2-1, they will slip to fourth in the rankings. They will have the same number of points (118) as West Indies and Australia, but not when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. Sri Lanka are currently the top-ranked T20I side.
But, if England managed to win the series 3-0 then they will elevate to the fourth position with 117 rating points while Pakistan will drop to sixth.
Mushtaq condemned poor infrastructure in domestic cricket for the reason of debacle, “I think we try to teach them and give them full information, but it goes down to the system, it’s a matter of our system which needs to be looked at. “
“If someone gets to know in international cricket in which hand one should hold the bat and that you don’t have to look at the ball but at your partner when you take a run, then it’s quite a worrying thing,” he added. “So we are doing our best, and the sooner we do this effort the better it is for the Pakistan team.”