Team should not be blamed for defeat: Shoaib Malik


Express May 15, 2010

LAHORE: Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shoaib Malik said on Saturday that the cricket team should not be criticised for losing the match to Australia.

He said that the team was committed to win the match however it was Mike Hussey who changed the entire scenario.

Shoaib Malik was in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) where a hearing was conducted regarding his appeal against a ban imposed by the PCB on him.

Malik said that the tribunal heard the remarks of his lawyer and the PCB lawyer will present his views later. He hoped that the tribunal will give its verdict on May 22.

Talking to the media at the NCA, Shoaib Malik said that no one should criticise the team for losing the semi-final. They fought hard but it was not their day. The only thing which could have been done was to break the momentum of the opponents. It was not done by Pakistan and it gave an edge to the opponents.

He praised Saeed Ajmal's performance in the T20 matches and said that he should not be blamed for the defeat.

COMMENTS (6)

imran ahmed | 10 years ago | Reply yes good shoaib
User | 10 years ago | Reply I was one among some of my friends watching the match between Australia and Pakistan.I agree to the comments by Tanzeel and no doubt That reason for team Pakistan's usual defeat was not team's poor bowling or not reviewing the strategy in the last 20 minutes or Afridi's poor show or Abdur Razaq's bad perfromance etc, it is team Australia's fault who defeated us. Team pakistan should not be sorry for this. This is another addition to the chain of series of defeats. Actually every one of the team member is making a lot of money through TV commercials and their concentration is on other matters like scandles, interest in enjoying and going to clubs when on foreign tours. So the concentration and interest to play for the dignity of the country and determination to win the game is no more there. Some are now interested to get some chance in films. So I request Pakistani people not to blame them. Shame for pakistan cricket team and Ejaz Butt. You will never learn lessons and will never improve. You are faraway from the spirit of game. Plse carry on commercials and promote shampoos, shaving creams, dairy milks, underwears, cold drinks and cereals and biscuits. i am sure you can do this better than playing cricket for the country. Good luck and make more and more money.....
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