Updated: April 2, 2014 10:03:38 pm
Senior all-rounder Shahid Afridi has blamed the negative mindset of the team for Pakistan’s defeat at the hands of the West Indies in the must-win league match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The defeat to the West Indies knocked Pakistan out of the tournament with former players and critics lashing out at the team for its appalling batting performance.
“It is the negative mindset of the players that brought about our downfall,” Afridi told reporters after returning here from Dhaka along with coach Moin Khan and cricket consultant Zaheer Abbas.
Afridi without taking names dropped a clear hint that he was ready to accept the challenge of captaincy if given the chance.
“Look we just have to change our mindset and be fearless and positive. Ok we conceded lot of runs in the last few overs but it was still a gettable target for us but our batsman just played with the wrong attitude,” Afridi insisted.
“In T20 or any other cricket you need to have a positive approach,” he noted.
Afridi said there was no major problem with the team as it had some very good players who had won matches for Pakistan before against top sides.
“These same players performed well when we beat Australia so we have the right players but not the right attitude,” he felt.
The all-rounder said he didn’t think captaincy was a major issue but changing the attitude of the players was a big one.
“Obviously one can understand the disappointment and anger of the people after the way we performed against the West Indies and we have to see where we went wrong,” he said.
Asked if he would be willing to accept the captaincy, Afridi said for Pakistan cricket he was ready to take up any role or challenge.
PCB to conduct post mortem of Pakistan’s performance in T20 World Cup
The Pakistan Cricket Board is set to conduct a review of the national team’s stunning defeat at the hands of the West Indies that led to their ouster from the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Pakistan crashed to a big defeat against the Windies in a must-win match yesterday which has led to widspread calls for the axing of senior players like Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and even captain Mohammad Hafeez.
Senior cricket consultant of the national team and former captain Zaheer Abbas today made it clear he would ask the PCB to conduct a post mortem into the team’s performance.
“Yes I will be meeting with the (PCB) chairman this week and will give him my report and my belief is strong that after the post mortem all those who haven’t been able to deliver for the country for a while now should be replaced, he said on returning home from Dhaka.
“Even when parts of a car are not useful for its running they are replaced. The defeat to the West Indies has hurt us and we need to learn from it and improve quickly,” Zaheer said.
The former captain maintained that Pakistan’s batting remained a problem and he needed more time to work with the players and improve them.
“The batsmen are not able to play big shots which is required in T20 cricket and the temperament is also questionable. Our performance against the West Indies was very disappointing,” Zaheer said.
He said he stuck to his earlier statement that Pakistan’s batsmen were not world class and needed to work on their game.
Pakistan’s head coach Moin Khan said that there was nothing wrong to lose a match after a tough fight.
“But the way we lost is not acceptable and though we need to keep in mind this team has done well in the recent past but we need to find out why the batting collapsed so badly,” he said.
“We were just unable to take advantage of the power play overs as we kept on losing wickets and we lost our way completely,” he said.
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