No Need to Press the Panic Button, Says Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed After Asia Cup Exit

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Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has taken the blame for his facet’s 37-run defeat towards Bangladesh that knocked them out of the 2018 Asia Cup on Wednesday.Pakistan smashed Hong Kong by eight wickets within the event opener to get their marketing campaign off to a implausible begin. Nevertheless, of their subsequent 4 matches, they misplaced to India twice, managed a slim win towards Afghanistan after which bought schooled by Bangladesh within the digital semifinal.

“Sure, our efficiency was very poor. Our batting wasn’t good, and we dropped plenty of catches. Our bowling was additionally patchy, and that’s the rationale we’re out of the event,” mentioned Sarfraz, who solely scored 68 runs in 4 innings. “I do know I didn’t carry out nicely. I wanted to do significantly better, which I couldn’t. I take duty for the staff’s efficiency.”

Shoaib Malik and Imam-ul-Haq, who scored 225 and 211 runs respectively within the event, have been Pakistan’s greatest performers, whereas the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Sarfraz and Asif Ali struggled closely. Within the bowling division, Junaid Khan picked up 4 wickets in the one match that he performed however Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan and Shadab Khan didn’t stay as much as expectations.

With the 2019 World Cup hardly eight months away, Sarfaraz mentioned it is necessary to again the gamers regardless of their dismal efficiency within the occasion. “I nonetheless imagine we’ve got plenty of proficient gamers within the staff. Take a look at Fakhar Zaman. Although he didn’t have an excellent event, we’ve got to again him. Babar Azam too. Imam has, fortunately, finished nicely, however there’s additionally Shadab and Hasan. We now have to again them and take them together with us. We now have to have a look at our bench too. We now have a pool of gamers, and by the point the World Cup comes, we’ll have an excellent staff,” mentioned Ahmed.

“The World Cup is sort of a while away, we’ve got different engagements earlier than that. Australia are coming, after which there’s New Zealand. So we’ve got to evaluate our efficiency and see the place we’re falling quick.

“We’re dropping too many wickets early, and the center order has needed to cope with the brand new ball, which isn’t straightforward, and hitting shortly ultimately isn’t straightforward on these pitches. We’ll need to get collectively and repair these points.”

Sarfraz accepted that his staff made errors however refused to press the panic button. “Sure, we’ve got made errors as a staff, and as a captain, I do know that I didn’t do nicely. However no must panic, we have to again the gamers, have a look at the positions and see if there are individuals exterior the staff who can are available in,” he mentioned.

As a captain, Sarfraz was not on top of things however the 31-year-old promised that he and his staff will enhance if given a while. “There’s all the time stress on the captain of the Pakistan staff. When the staff does badly, clearly the stress will increase. If I let you know that I haven’t slept correctly for the final six days, you gained’t imagine me. However sure, I need to stress that we shouldn’t panic. There needs to be criticism for our efficiency, however give us just a little time,” he mentioned.

“If you happen to have a look at Fakhar Zaman or Imam-ul-Haq or Babar Azam or Shadab Khan or Hasan Ali, they aren’t too skilled. Shaheen Shah Afridi has performed simply three video games. Solely Shoaib bhai has plenty of expertise. We recognise that we’ve got finished badly, however we’ll attempt to enhance.”

First Revealed: September 27, 2018, 4:56 PM IST


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