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'Unfit players will be shown door', warns Pakistan team head coach after T20 World Cup exit

Gary Kirsten noted that team's skill level is significantly low compared to other international teams, say sources

By Sohail Imran
June 17, 2024
Pakistan head coach Gary Kirsten seen in this undated image. — AFP/File
Pakistan head coach Gary Kirsten seen in this undated image. — AFP/File

LAHORE: Pakistan head coach Gary Kirsten has emphasised that only players who prioritise unity, focus on fitness, and enhance their skill set will be part of the team in the future.

Sources indicate that Kirsten, in a straightforward discussion with the Pakistan team after their exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, criticised the players' fitness levels, stating they are subpar.

Kirsten also noted that the team's skill level is significantly behind compared to other international teams. "Despite playing so much cricket, no one knows which shot to play and when," Kirsten further stated.

The former South African cricketer remarked that since he joined, he has observed a distinct lack of unity within the team. Kirsten mentioned that players do not support each other and said that he hasn't seen a situation like this before despite working with many teams.

Kirsten has made it clear that only those players who improve in these areas will remain in the team, while others will be excluded.

Pakistan won their final match of the T20 World Cup 2024 against Ireland by three wickets at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, on Sunday.

However, Pakistan's unexpected defeat to the USA and loss to India led to their elimination from the tournament before reaching the Super 8 stage. The victory against Ireland ensured Pakistan finished third in Group A with two wins from four games.