March 24:Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has said that Pakistan don’t deserve to reach the semis of the T20 World Cup.
Pakistan has suferred back-to-back losses against India and New Zealand after a brilliant performance in their opener against Bangladesh.
“Following Pakistan’s loss against the Kiwis on Tuesday, Waqar hit out at his batsmen for failing to accelerate after a blistering start,” reported Dawn News.
“If you see, we didn’t move at all from the eighth to the 15th over [run-rate slowed down],” an upset Waqar said at the post match press conference.
“Two of our so-called youngsters, upcoming cricketers…they both batted for a good chunk of time in the middle, where we thought you would take the game away. We just hoped so, but couldn’t finish.”
He said Pakistan’s performance was just not good enough.
“I think the platform we needed, we had got that. I think they bowled really well, one must admit that. In the middle, I think we couldn’t find the boundaries, which were important. And simply not good enough, I guess,” said the coach.
Stating that it was “very painful” to see the batsmen repeating the same mistakes, Waqar said: “I think the cricket board and the selectors will have to take a call. Once again, I will say, not good enough.”
“At one stage, we needed to score singles and doubles to win the match. But one must say, we are not good enough, I am simply saying that. No matter, how much we keep talking about we lack this and that, but people need to introspect, is this about number or is this about Pakistan.”
“Look, we will keep hope. But the brand of cricket we are playing is unfortunate. It is not the question whether we should keep hope or not, after all life carries on hope. However, the type of cricket and the kind of performance we are putting up, [we] don’t deserve,” he said.