Azhar Mahmood admits Pakistani team low in morale prior to facing Canada

Attributes defeat to India to poor shot selection

News Desk June 11, 2024
Azhar Mahmood admits Pakistani team low in morale prior to facing Canada


Pakistan's assistant coach, Azhar Mahmood, addressed the team's morale after their disappointing loss to India in the T20 World Cup in New York.

The Pakistani team fell short of their 120-run target, managing only 113/7 against India, marking their second loss in the tournament.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Mahmood acknowledged the team's disheartenment, especially after losing to India, but emphasized the importance of boosting morale, highlighting the opportunity for a comeback.

"After two defeats, everyone is quite disheartened. Losing against India is more disappointing than a defeat against the USA," he remarked.

"The team's morale is currently low, but it's crucial to lift it because we still have a chance to bounce back. We won't lose hope until it's over," he added.

Mahmood attributed the loss to poor shot selection, noting a significant drop in the run rate after the 15th over. He stressed that the defeat was a collective failure, with both players and management sharing responsibility.

"Our shot selection wasn't right, resulting in a run rate of 10. We were performing well until the 15th over. This loss is a collective responsibility, and we cannot blame individuals," he asserted.

He emphasized the significance of confidence, stating that doubting one's abilities could be detrimental.

"If a player starts doubting their ability, it becomes very difficult. Playing with confidence in ourselves will prove everyone wrong," he remarked.

Mahmood also cautioned against underestimating Canada, asserting that anyone who does so has no place in international cricket.

"Now there's no room for misunderstandings. If someone considers any opponent easy, they don't have a place in international cricket," he warned.

"There are players in Canada who can perform against us. We have to win this match at all costs now," he concluded.

To progress to the Super 8 stage, Pakistan must win their upcoming matches against Canada on June 11 and Ireland on June 16, while also hoping for a loss by the USA against India and Ireland.


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