Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore insisted that the sides disastrous showing in the tournament,where the side has lost all three matches,does not make his team a bad one. This series didnt go well for us,but not all series will go well for you. The preparation was good but we made mistakes, he said.
We did well in the practice matches and knew the conditions well at The Oval but we failed to take advantage, Whatmore said. Whether we were chasing or setting up a target,we could not score the runs. We lost wickets in clusters and in a short tournament like this,could not read the wickets well enough.
Stating that the young bowlers did a good job and the fielding was gradually improving,Whatmore held his batsmen responsible for the Champions Trophy defeats. When you lose wickets upfront,you cant do much, he said. Whatmore disagreed with the fact that Pakistans batting has been worrying of late. The team lost the ODIs in South Africa and continued their dismal run in the Champions Trophy.
This trend is only in this series. As I said one series doesnt make you bad. Almost the same team beat India in India 2-1, the Aussie coach said by way of defence. Whatmore urged Pakistan selectors to prepare a squad with the 2015 World Cup in mind. Pakistan left out veterans Younis Khan,Shahid Afridi and Abdur Razzaq for the Champions Trophy while veteran pacer Umar Gul missed out due to injury.
With a series against the West Indies coming up,Pakistan will surely make changes but Whatmore indicated the short Champions Trophy will not be the right yardstick to crucify the teams young players.