‘Days following defeat to India were very tough for the team’: Sarfaraz speaks after return from World Cup


Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who returned early morning on Sunday from the United Kingdom subsequent to taking part in the 2019 ICC World Cup, held a press conference in Karachi.

Pakistan neglected to meet all requirements for the elimination rounds on net run-rate contrast with New Zealand after both the groups earned 11 points each from nine league matches.

The captain said that the team had understood the issue of run rate after its first match of the World Cup tournament — in which West Indies dismissed Pakistan for a baffling 105 — and later attempted to win matches with great margins however the pitches were not ideal.

“We are feeling as sorry as the country [after exit from World Cup]. Nobody goes there to lose,” he stated, recognizing that the presentation of the national team was not praiseworthy in the initial five matches of the World Cup.

“After the first match, we picked up pace, however, unfortunately, we couldn’t play against Sri Lanka in view of downpour and in the two next matches — against Australia and India — our presentation was bad.”

“The following seven days after the defeat to India were intense for the team. After the match, we took a two-sunrise and afterward I assembled a conference with every one of the 15 players, without the management. I talked about all that I had seen during the initial five matches, all that we were fouling up, and every one of the players reacted well and gave their criticism.

“The team at that point performed very well in the staying four matches. All players, youngsters just as seniors, had their impact and I am content with them as a commander,” said Safaraz, likewise lauding the mentor and the administration for handling the players after the destruction to India.

“As far as Shoaib [Malik] is concerned, unfortunately, he was not a part of the final match because we tried to go with a winning combination. He was given a farewell by the team and our best wishes are with him.

“Now, we will take a break for the next 20 days and then make a new return.”

At the point when gotten some information about his manner during the initial five matches and whether he was experiencing strain from anybody, Sarfaraz said there was no such weight from either Coach Mickey Arthur or boss selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

He included that he was not surrendering his captaincy but rather explained that a ultimate conclusion would be taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Whenever inquired as to whether he had a state in the group choice, he stated: “The group was comprised by agreement.”

Sarfaraz, who drove the group to triumph against India and won the Champions Trophy in 2017, has confronted brutal analysis for Pakistan’s hopeless keep running toward the beginning of the World Cup and especially the match against India. He, be that as it may, recieved a warm welcome at the Karachi air terminal upon return.

Pakistan mentor Mickey Arthur, following the group’s exit, had applauded Sarfaraz for helping the resurgence in the wake of being seriously censured for the India rout.

“I should state that I’d quite recently prefer to credit the skipper, Sarfaraz. What he was presented to after the Indian game was frightful as a Pakistan cricket skipper, as any chief of any cricket group,” he said.

“The manner in which he held his self-control, the manner in which he drove from the front, the way his hard-working attitude never at any point changed. I believe he’s been a motivation to that changing area, and I think Sarfaraz merits a great deal of credit for this.”

On Monday, all-rounder Imad Wasim and leg-spinner Shadab Khan will hold question and answer sessions in Rawalpindi while on Tuesday, batsmen Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq will address the press in Lahore.


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