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Friday December 02, 2022

Head coach downplays Pakistan defeat in 3rd T20I

We should have faith in our players, says Saqlain Mushtaq

By Web Desk
September 24, 2022
Saqlain Mushtaq addressing a press conference after the third T20I on Friday. Screengrab of a Twitter video
Saqlain Mushtaq addressing a press conference after the third T20I on Friday. Screengrab of a Twitter video

The head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, Saqlain Mushtaq, stressed the need for every Pakistani to buck up   as  "Winning and losing is part of the game."

Pakistan lost to visiting England in the third Twenty20 International on Friday by 63 runs. 

"It is the system of nature that we win sometimes and lose also,"  said the head coach, addressing a press conference after the third T20I of the seven-match series. 

In response to a query about the middle order, he said, "This is the middle order of the Pakistani team. It is ours and we have to support it."

Saqlain said, "By talking about the middle order so frequently, you are influencing our minds. By frequently referring to the middle order, you are undermining the players' confidence in this manner." He underscored the need for every Pakistani to repose trust in the skipper, coach and players.

The head coach said Pakistan triumphed yesterday, and they (England) made it today, so it shows the team will win whose plans work.

He said the Pakistani team consists of the best available players. "We should have faith in our players. We will have to repose this confidence in them," he said. However, there are some concerns, and efforts are being made to do away with them, he said.

Saqlain said the Pakistan bowling appeared to be lacking a lot in the third match of the England series. "Our bowlers made a lot of mistakes. Our plans were not good, either," he said.

Pakistan defeated in third T20I

Middle-order batters Harry Brook and Ben Duckett smashed robust maiden half-centuries in England's thumping 63-run win in the third T20 international against Pakistan in Karachi on Friday.

Brook scored a 35-ball 81 not out while Duckett cracked an unbeaten 42-ball 69 to lead England to an impressive 221-3 in their 20 overs after they were sent in to bat at the National stadium.

Shan Masood led Pakistan's recovery in a 40-ball 65 not out but they finished well short on 158-8 in 20 overs to give England a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series.

The match proved an anti-climax to Pakistan's big ten-wicket win in the second game on Thursday that avenged their first game defeat by five wickets two days earlier, both in Karachi.