Shahryar cautions against too much expectation from team


ISLAMABAD: Disappointed at Pakistan’s loss to traditional rivals India in their World Cup T20 game, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shahryar Khan has asked the nation not to expect too much from the national team as they are currently at no.7 in ICC T20 rankings.

Talking to BBC, he said that Pakistan’ decision to play four pacers against India was wrong. “If three fast bowlers cannot help the team to win, then the fourth one can also play no role.

A (specialist) spinner should have been included in the team,” he said. He said Pakistan could not read the wicket at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens ground, while New Zealand defeated India because they understood the pitch well and played with three spinners, according to his comments appearing at BBC Urdu website.

He said skipper Shahid Afridi’s future was evident adding that after T20 World Cup the allrounder would be no more captain of the T20 team and his replacement would be looked for.

Shahryar said that head coach Waqar Younis’ contract would end in June adding, “It will be strange if he is changed during the England tour.

Hence after the T20 World Cup the situation will be reviewed and the decision whether to retain him or not will be taken with great care.”

Shahryar said that Pakistan’s match against New Zealand on Tuesday is very important for its progress in the ongoing T-20 World Cup.
He said that team is ready for a better performance. He expressed the hope that team will win next two matches and reach the Semi Finals stage.