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T20 World Cup | ‘Time to back the squad’, says Azhar Mahmood
“A catch dropped at a crucial point, or a run-out missed when needed most could bring [about their] downfall of Pakistan not just against India but any other side,” he wrote.
“Being lax in the field and giving away unnecessary runs are two areas that Pakistan will need to control and work hard upon. I am confident that our youngsters such as Haider Ali and Shadab Khan will be able to contribute and put in good fielding performances which will make this team successful,” he added.
“His plans and emphasis on improving infrastructure, cricket at the grassroots, as well as the revival of club cricket were all very heartening to hear. If he is able to implement all that he spoke and promised about then that can only improve Pakistan cricket,” he added.
He praised the PCB chairman for appointing Saqlain Mushtaq as the interim head coach for the ICC T20 World Cup, saying that the ex-spinner was part of the coaching staff for England’s 2019 World Cup-winning squad.
“Saqlain’s experience of Western culture and presence will be of great help to the team. The appointment of Matthew Hayden, a World Cup winner himself, will also greatly benefit our team during the tournament,” he said.
“We may have had some reservations about some of the choices but it’s time to move on as this squad has names who are proven performers and match-winners,” he said.
“Players like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez will be crucial to our chances because of their vast experience of conditions that we will face in the UAE.”
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