Waqar Younis: 'Pakistan's T20 defeats against England is a big eye opener'
Pakistan cricket team coach Waqar Younis described the series loss against England in T-20 international series by 3-0 as a “big eye opener” and calls for a serious analysis.
Pakistan lost their recent ODI and T-20 series against England at UAE by 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. The T-20 World Cup is coming close, that’s why Pakistan coach felt worry about his team.
Younis said, “I think it’s a big eye opener.”
“We have seen a lot of things which were not obvious before and there was an obvious difference between the two teams. Our performance has been very ordinary and very poor and needs serious analysis.
Younis believed the age made the difference between them in this series. He told, “England were younger than us and fitter and I think that made the difference.
Before the limited over series, Pakistan beat England very comfortably in the Test series at UAE by 2-0. Younis said, “Credit to them for bouncing back after losing the Test series. Twenty20 is fast cricket and that’s why we couldn’t match them.”
Pakistan failed to put a minimal fight against England due to the poor form of the main batsmen like Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad etc. Younis believed they got enough opportunities and selectors had a tough choice ahead of them.
Younis said, “I don’t know, I don’t have the answer why they are not performing.”
“They are not young like 18 or 19 and as far as the opportunities are concerned everyone, selectors and cricket board, know they get the most opportunities so I think selectors will have to think.
“Don’t know about saying goodbye to them, it’s not my job to say goodbye but selectors would have been watching so they must have assessed the performance and fitness and they would be considering that.”
Concerning the run outs of Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez in the T-20 series, the former Pakistan right-arm first bowler spoke out, “To be very honest run outs are a huge problem. The manner in which they got run out is a schoolboy error, it’s not that you are playing new players, these players are seasoned and that’s not on, to be honest.”
“Individuals have to think, are they worried about getting out?
“It’s a worrying sign and if individuals come under pressure like this then it’s not good for them as well as for the team.
Waqar emphasized on the fitness for making their comeback. He said, “It’s an important part to have fitness camps back home and the national cricket academy has got to start rolling and these guys should be launched there to get fit.”
Pakistan will travel to New Zealand in January 2016 to play three T20Is and three ODIs, before the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20.
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