Published On: Fri, Jul 29th, 2016

Pakistani cricket team is more than capable



Pakistan cricket team’s Chief selector Inzamamul Haq considers that Pakistan is not worried by the great loss to England in the second Test at Old Trafford Cricket Ground when the players lost by 330 runs later than their astonishing triumph in the first Test at Lord’s.

The erstwhile skipper further added that the victory at Lord’s illustrated that the national team holds the necessary skills, regardless of losing previously this week subsequent to a weak performance.

He said that “The win at Lord’s has shown everyone that this team is more than capable of winning against tough opposition and in foreign conditions,”

Inzamam, who is the leading run scorer for Pakistan in One-Day Cricket and the third-highest run scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket, after Younis Khan and Javed Miandad, continued by saying that “The Test at Old Trafford obviously did not go that well, but then we have to give credit to England for making a comeback in the series.

The 46 year old further added, “Regardless of the second Test’s result, I am convinced that as the players get more experience in these conditions, their performance will improve and Pakistan will get better results and bounce back.”

He also said that Pakistani team must remain mentally calm for their imminent matches and learn from their mistakes, principally in batting.

He, who was the captain of the Pakistan national cricket team from 2003–07 and is considered to be one of the best leaders in Pakistan Cricket history, further added “We may have struggled in Manchester, but it is my firm belief that our batsmen will have picked up important experience by the end of this tour which will benefit them in the future,”

He said “It is usual for a team with many players who have never played in such conditions before to struggle a little, similar to when non-Asian teams find it tough to play spin bowling in the sub-continent. Our batsmen need to improve themselves technically. However, I do not believe that there is any blame to be laid at their feet for the defeat. We need to have patience.”

The experienced player did not recoil from admiring England’s Joe Root, who shattered Pakistan’s bowling assault in Manchester.

He said “Root has really impressed me. I’ve watched his career closely; he is a fantastic player and seems to be improving with every innings that he plays,”

He further stated “I see a great future for him if he continues to bat this way,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.