By Asma Khalid T20 WorldCup Pakistan Cricket Board Official inquiry For Pakistan Cricket Team Poor Performance.
Authorities in Pakistan will hold inquiries into the team’s poor show in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.
Chasing 134 to win, defending champions Pakistan managed to score only 132 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their
crucial Super Eights group E match at Kensington ground yesterday. The defeat has more or less put them out of contentions for a semi-final berth.
While some former cricketers had their knives out for the players and even board officials, Ghaffar Qureshi who heads the Senate committee said the captain, coach and manager would be summoned after their return to explain reasons behind poor performance in the Caribbean.
“Definitely this sort of performance is not acceptable to anyone. We were defending champions and we didn’t play like one. We will be inquiring into this latest debacle because it is obvious that there are numerous problems still existing in Pakistan cricket,” Qureshi said.
Parliamentarian, Iqbal Muhammad Khan, who heads the NA committee said, it appeared as if the team had still not been cleansed completely of elements who were playing more for themselves rather than the country.
“We have been saying there is a need to change the cricket set up and bring in new faces. We can’t have the same old faces coming in and going out. We will call the team officials and board officials to find out what went wrong in this World Cup,” he said.
Former Test captain, Aamir Sohail said the performance against New Zealand was another let down.
“The team clearly appeared under pressure and they just didn’t play fearlessly and with passion,” Sohail said.
Former chief selector, Abdul Qadir said it was really disappointing the way Pakistan had lost their way out of the World Cup.
“Today they finally played Abdul Rehman which was a good decision but why didn’t we chose to defend a total. The problem is that our team think tank apparently is still not aware of the team’s strengths and weaknesses.”
Former Test pacer, Sarfaraz Nawaz said the poor show was the result of poor planning and decision making by the board.
“I will say sack the board as well. They were the ones who isolated and kicked out a good committed captain like Younis Khan. The players who put the country’s honour at stake in the past for their own gains need to be penalised more,” he said.
Shahid Afridi blames selectors for Pakistan Debacle
Ian Butler snared Shahid Afridi, New Zealand v Pakistan, Super Eights, Group E, World Twenty20, Barbados, May 8, 2010
fter their dreams of retaining the World T20 title suffered a massive blow, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi blamed that the selection policies of the Pakistan Cricket Board were partly to blame for the team’s poor performance.
“This is the team that the selectors have given to me. For me those were the best 15 guys I had and I also expected them to do well,” Afridi told the media after his team’s narrow one-run loss to New Zealand. This was Pakistan’s second loss at the Super Eights stage and with just one match to go against England they need nothing less than a miracle to make it to the semifinals.
“The team is coming through difficult times but to do well in this format, we need to take some good T20 players in the side. This is the team the selectors gave me. First they announced the team and then they announced the captain. May be in the future this will all change,” he noted. Asked if the captain should be picked first, the all-rounder quipped: “What do you think? I think it should be (that way).”
Pakistan is missing some senior players like former captains Younis Khan, who was in charge when Pakistan won this event last year, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik, who were banned along with Rana Naved-ul-Hasan after the team’s Australia tour.
Afridi felt his own lack of performance was one of the reasons for team’s failure to do well. “My performance is always very crucial as captain but this time I haven’t performed well so I think that’s why we haven’t done well. At this point of time I don’t want to crticise any of the players in particular also. Our fielding in both games was bad and that let us down,” he explained.
But the all-rounder then went on to say the junior players in the side lacked the fortitude for the big games. “The players are trying their best but I can’t explain why the team is not winning games. Maybe, the new boys in the team lack the mental strength (to finish close games). I think we need to be mentally strong,” he offered.
Afridi tried to play down former coach Intikhab Alam’s remark that the team was mentally retarded. “I didn’t hear anything of that sort, so I can’t comment. When I will I will tell you (my version),” he signed off.