Pakistan captain blames sloppy players for loss to West Indies
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that his “players are to blame” for the team’s humiliating defeat against West Indies in Christchurch which has now forced them to sit tight at the bottom of Pool B.
Misbah conceded that the side thoroughly flopped in every department, and that his 15-man squad had to be rejigged for Pakistan’s next four games.
The day started well enough for Pakistan as they took two early wickets, but ended in shambles, with their top order crumbling to 1 for 4 – the lowest score at which a team has lost four wickets in an ODI.
The previous lowest score was 4 for 4, by Canada, against Zimbabwe in 2006. Pakistan’s fielding too left a lot to be desired, as they dropped as many as six catches to let West Indies post a commanding 310 for 6.
“We just lost in all three departments,” Misbah said at the press conference. “We couldn’t bowl well, there were a lot of dropped catches, and the batting totally flopped. At the end of the day, you have to perform as a batsman, bowler and fielder. As a team, as players, we need to pick ourselves up and we need to perform.”
Pakistan arrived in New Zealand 15 days before the start of the World Cup in a bid to adapt to the conditions, even playing two ODIs.
Misbah, however, suggested that the conditions were “not easy” to adjust to.
“We have to accept that conditions here are not easy for our players to adjust to and that’s why we are struggling. No matter how much the coaches work with the players, it eventually comes down to the player individually to adjust and perform accordingly. We being the players are to be blamed because we are the one who are not playing well.” (cricinfo)