Pakistan started their journey with a worse run up to their important 2nd match of the cricket World Cup against the West Indies, but Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan put his faith on the players saying they would rebound from the loss against India.
Report says, Grant Luden, fielding coach and trainer is not very happy with attitude of some cricketers and that of opener Ahmed Shehzad grappling with head coach Waqar Younis coupled with conjectures about skipper Misbah-ul-Haq not having a final say in player selection issues have all led to Pakistan fans being worried about the squad’s progress in the ICC World Cup.
Khan told reporters in Lahore that there are no problems in the squad and the players recognized their duty in the ICC World Cup. He is sure they will bounce back in the World Cup. Shahryar Khan said that the squad is not pressing the panic button yet.
he further said that India really played better than Pakistan that day and deserved to win but there is still a long path remaining in the ICC World Cup and Pakistan have a strong opportunity of bouncing back.
PCB chairman added that the team management knows what has to be done to win their game against Jamaicans and the squad is filled with confidence.
Former Test leg-spinner Abdul Qadir was quoted saying: “I think there is little space for any more mistakes in this tournament and Pakistan has to be at its best to win its remaining games now.
Unlike 1992 when the format allowed us to recover even after a poor start in this World Cup the format does not allow any team to continue a bad run for more than a match.”
Pakistan’s former skipper Mushtaq Mohammad focused on the performances of weaker teams and Ireland‘s shock win over Caribbean team should come as a danger signal for Pakistan.
West Indies cricket at the moment was staggering due to internal problems and Pakistan should take full advantage of this circumstance when the two teams face each other in Christchurch, said legendary off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.