Karachi: Pakistan cricket team manager Moin Khan has said that the team’s overall performance during Zimbabwe tour was satisfactory, in spite of losing a Test match and an ODI to lowly ranked hosts.
“We would not apologize for losing a single Test because the series was a 11 draw. Moreover, we won the ODI and T20 series, so there was no need to apologize. Although the matches we lost, our players performed badly, but team’s overall performance was satisfactory,” Pakistan’s former skipper Moin Khan told reporters after returning from Zimbabwe on Monday.
Moin arrived in Karachi along with team players Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Faisal Iqbal and Khurram Manzoor.
Pakistan won the T20 series 20 but the lowly ranked Zimbabwe pulled a convincing seven wicket victory in the first match of the three match ODI series, which eventually the visitors won 21. Pakistan won the first Test in the two match Test series, however, Zimbabwe stunned a much better Test side in the second Test to level the series 11.
“Our senior players batted well especially Misbah and Younis. Misbah stayed on crease till the end in the second match but no one helped him from the other end, and eventually we lost the match,” Moin said.
He said that the conditions suited the Zimbabwean team during the series. “The conditions helped the Zimbabwean team and they performed well under those conditions.”
Moin also said that experienced allrounder Mohammad Hafeez didn’t played well during Tests but he did performed well in T20s and ODIs.
Hafeez’s below par showings during Tests has forced some former players to ask team management to try some other players when he has been failing in Test cricket.
Former Test cricketer Zaheer Abbas has said that although vice captain Mohammad Hafeez is a good cricketer but when he has been failing in Tests then others should have been brought in the squad.
“When Hafeez has been failing to perform in Test cricket then others should be brought in the team to lift team’s overall performance,” Zaheer said.
“We should give chances to our youngsters. But what we actually do in the name of inducing young blood is we give meagre chance to our young players and then show them the doors and again bring in the old faces, which shatters the confidences of our young players. We should abandon this practice and give ample chance to youngsters and let them lift their morale and confidence to perform in international arena,” he said.