Series of defeats: Sethi mistimes his defence of Pakistan

Says team feeling pressure because of the media and fans

Our Correspondent February 23, 2015
Najam Sethi. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman and current Governing Board member Najam Sethi has defended the team’s poor performance in the World Cup.

Pakistan has lost both of the matches it has played so far against India and West Indies and the team is on the brink of crashing out of the tournament in the initial stage.

Sethi feels that criticism which is being directed at the team is unwarranted.

“Pakistan’s performance is really depressing but the expression of that sadness is not right,” Sethi told reporters during the Lahore Literature Festival.

“Other teams don’t play under the same pressure like our team does because of the media and fans. We must not forget that this is the same set of players who beat South Africa in South Africa and defeated Australia in a Test series in UAE.”

The official further claimed that when the team was announced, 90% people appreciated the selection and there was debate on one or two players which is a normal thing but the rest of the squad was welcomed by the public as well.

Putting across his point, Sethi said that our expectations are too high from our team but we must not forget that our team has gone handicapped in the World Cup.

“The team’s handicaps should also be looked upon that we do not have frontline fast-bowlers and spinners due to injuries and suspensions. All is not lost as it is possible that we might be wiped out but at the same time it is equally possible that we will go into the quarter-finals,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2015.

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Hasan Jawaid (USA) | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend Sethi, Shaharyar, Moen khan, and Misbah should know it very well that circus maximus is not a place for weak heart gladiators or so called tigers; it is a place where lion-heart Imran Khan, Stephen Fleming, Steve Waugh, and Hensie Cronje once fought like gladiators and demonstrated the world they could walk the talk. Fight like a cornered tiger is long gone with Imran Khan. The entire nation knows that it's a pussycat team and therefore does not expect anything close to 1992 performance.
LooserSethi | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend I think the only person who should feel some pressure is Mr. Najam himself. The circus he has created in PCB by hiring and firing people at will and without merit, is finally at display in the worldcup. If anyone should be leaving the team, its the 12th man of PCB - i.e you. The nation is sick and tired of your lame excuses !!
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