Pakistan went to World Cup unprepared: Afridi

ISLAMABAD    –   Former Pakistan cricket staff captain Shahid Khan Afridi has stated that each one the taking part nations within the World Cup have been absolutely ready for final three months or so, whereas Pakistan cricket staff was not ready until the final second.

In an interview with The Nation, Afridi stated: “All of the groups had given possibilities to the gamers, who that they had finalised for the World Cup. They labored on their health, batting, fielding and ensured no final second points. They’d checked and given possibilities to all these gamers, who they wished to take for the world cup. All of them know the world cup comes after 4 years, so that they wished to offer their finest.

“Once we have been taking part in One-Day collection towards Australia in UAE, we had given relaxation to our six key gamers together with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. The selectors and PCB should have to pay heed in direction of such areas of excessive significance. The PCB ought to have ensured a set mixture and provides much-needed confidence to the gamers. Pakistan staff did not take benefit from the truth that they’re the one staff after hosts, who have been in England nicely earlier than begin of the mega occasion they usually had ample time to regulate and put together a set mixture,” he added.

Growth Growth stated: “Have a look at Pakistan staff, they stored on making main modifications within the aspect prior to begin of the World Cup. Each performers Muhammad Aamir and Wahab Riaz have been out of the world cup squad. Wholesale modifications within the squad by no means produced good outcomes. The gamers, who have been a part of Pakistan One-Day staff for England collection have been dropped and changed. Such issues, when world cup is not far away, by no means assist, fairly create extra problems. We must always have been absolutely ready and roaring to go however Pakistan staff needed to face the worst defeat within the very first match of the world cup by the hands of groups like West Indies, which dented the staff’s possibilities on the earth cup.

“The dangerous begin then by no means let Pakistan staff recuperate from the shock. Though it was extremely humiliating loss, but the staff did produce over-the-moon end result towards England, who have been sizzling favourites. Whereas when the momentum was at Pakistan aspect, the rain spoiled all the nice work carried out by the inexperienced caps towards Sri Lanka. Had rain not washed out play, Pakistan may have certified for the World Cup semifinals,” he added.

Afridi stated that after dropping the very first match, the staff administration ought to have realised the significance of sustaining wholesome run-rate, however they failed to deal with the core difficulty and loss to Australia was one other defining second. Pakistan staff was down and out whereas chasing an enormous whole however they recovered nicely and will have pose critical problem to Aussies, however after coming shut, they as soon as once more misplaced the momentum and have been overwhelmed comprehensively by the Kangroos.

“The the inexperienced shirts had golden likelihood towards New Zealand to not solely register victory, but additionally give large enhance to run-rate, however they did not take benefit and gained the match within the final over, regardless of having seven wickets in hand. Haris and Babar Azam may have completed off Kiwis with hefty overs to spare and probably the most surprising end result was towards Afghanistan, the place Pakistan staff regarded off-coloured and nearly gifted the match to the minnows. Pakistan ought to have win this match with no less than 10 to 15 overs spare, however wickets fell like 9 pins and it was grasp class performances by Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz, who saved the match for Pakistan,” he added.

He stated that Pakistan performed excellent cricket in later phases. “Our fielding was pathetic all through the World Cup whereas bowling and batting was generally common and generally under common. Solely two batsmen managed to attain runs and in addition helped Pakistan rating victories. I believe PCB has observed these errors and issues will change for the betterment of Pakistan cricket. I’m on UK tour to advertise my autobiography and the response I get right here is past phrases,” Afridi concluded.


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