Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur April 1, 2014

Hafeez apologises for Pakistan performance

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Mohammad Hafeez was asked pretty direct questions after Pakistan failed to make the World T20 semi-finals with a heavy defeat to West Indies.

He was asked if he was considering resigning as T20 captain and if he was the No. 3 batsman the side needed. He was asked why Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik were persevered with. He was asked if the Pakistan team management was good enough. In reply, Hafeez apologized to the people of Pakistan for his team's unsuccessful campaign and said that the entire team was collectively responsible.

"After a loss, such things come up," Hafeez said. "But you have to keep in mind that no team wins because of any one individual or loses because of any one individual. It was a good display overall, but in this match, we didn't play well. We take collective responsibility. It's not one person's responsibility. The entire management, all the players, are equally responsible.

"The management has worked hard with the players. All the plans, they were able to reach the players, gave us all the practice. At the end of the day, the players have to deliver, they have to execute the plans. In this tournament, especially in this match, if the execution wasn't good, then the responsibility lies with the players, not the management. But as a team, we didn't do well. All of us have to accept it.

"I apologise to the people of Pakistan as captain and on behalf of the team that we couldn't live up to their expectations. But these things happen in cricket. You are the same person who plays good and bad cricket. But it is important that you take the good things going forward and maintain that."

There were few good things for Pakistan against West Indies. They gave away too many runs at the death, lost too many early wickets, and could not get going in the chase at all. Hafeez said his batsmen's shot selection had been wrong. "The plans were in place but once the pressure got on to them, our best bowlers Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul didn't do the basics right. They leaked too many runs towards the end. We didn't get the momentum in our favour.

"We played some of the shots which were not there and losing too many wickets in the first six overs really cost the game. The batsmen have to take the responsibility. There was never any one innings that came forward. When the momentum is not with you, you get to see this kind of cricket where even good teams can collapse."

Hafeez had a disappointing World T20 personally as well, making 55 runs from four innings at a strike-rate of 72.36. While admitting that he could not perform in this tournament, Hafeez felt that overall, he had done alright in the position. "From the last one and a half years, I have been doing this for the team, playing at No. 3 because the management want me to do this and I have been doing very well at this. Unfortunately, in this tournament, I couldn't get the runs I wanted to. It happens sometimes in cricket - you try your level best but things don't work for you. This is one such tournament. I am disappointed with my own form, I couldn't score runs for the team. You have to accept it, you have to move forward from here."

When asked if moving forward meant dropping those who had not performed, Hafeez said that was the domain of the selectors. "Good and bad, you must take them together and look to the future. The selectors will look at it, they will see who are the players that need to be replaced. That is their job. The team is selected by the selection committee, but the responsibility is not any one individual's. If the players haven't played well, then they must take the responsibility."

Malik and Akmal had a poor World T20 as well, making 52 and 48 runs respectively in four innings each. Hafeez acknowledged that they had fallen short of expectations. "They will also be sad. The selectors have trusted and picked them for a big tournament like this. But they didn't live up to those expectations. They are good players, they have played well for Pakistan but you are right, in this tournament there were not good performances from them. But Kamran's keeping is a positive. He has kept well, there have always been question marks over his keeping. Unfortunately, as an opener, he didn't bat as well. As for Shoaib Malik, he is a senior player, both haven't done very well."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 2, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Pakistan 11 For Next 10 years will be, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razaq, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanveer, Rana naveed, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Sami

    On the Bench Taufeeq Umar, Misbah, Younis, Mohammad Yousuf, Rao Iftikhar, Sania Mirza

  • Mustafa008 on April 2, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Pakistan need a big change, what are you waiting for now. Please re-call Abdul Razzak, Imran Nazir and Nasir Jamsheed and in the bowling department we need Mohammed Irfan, Junaid Khan etc. Abdul Razzak shall be the captain of the team.

  • Mustafa7861 on April 2, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Yes, we still need Abdul Razzak. He has lot of cricket left in him, I think he is lot better than the all youngsters and also when compared with the present team. He can handle pressure not like Hafeez who takes pressure, Pakistan need Abdul Razzak in the team.

  • International2078 on April 2, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Persons who play professional cricket, as in other sports, have been doing so since childhood and have come across adverse weather, ground, pitch conditions. They are not in new environment. Inconsistency reflects immaturity. Pakistan cricket is inconsistent. Players must accept responsibility of their game. They are playing for their country. They are supposedly top eleven and must play responsibly. It seems, every player plays, in the way they think is best, which, if cricket was an individual sports, would be okay and there would be successes. But cricket is a team sports, a sport one plays for the greater glory of one's team, of one's country and so with it comes responsible play. Pakistan cricket team is inconsistent and has been so, for a decade or more. It either plays poorly or superbly. There is no place in professional cricket for chance games and chance matches. Continued.

  • International2078 on April 2, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Well, so much for Pakistan cricket. In my opinion, professionalism in sport is to implement knowledge of a sport and training, in an effectual manner such that desired outcome is achieved. In sports, emotional responses are detrimental to one's goal. Person's whose profession is sports, must work towards achieving a level of professionalism, where maturity is at play. Maturity is obtained with general education, education of one's sports, with time and experience. It is these factors which build up a player's character, a team's character. There must be no place for emotional hijacking of a game or match. Stress involved, be it due to weather conditions, or be it ground and / or pitch conditions, or off field issues, are matters, which one learns to handle and cope with, and, possibly exploit using their education. Education, time and experience provide maturity. Incomplete. Continued:

  • FicklePak on April 2, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Please, time to move on ok. A. Razaq - really? How about Javed Miandad? At least I know I could depend on Javed sticking around and not succumbing to pressure.

    We need mental toughness, not going back to yester years. There are enough quality young players, let's develop them.

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    i think pak lost the match in the last 3 overs where two front line Pakistani bowlers were attacked which eventually put pressure on the whole team but no problem boys next time

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    I don't have any question about their talent and skills but they aren't mentally tough which is quiet clear in the last five overs of west Indies inn. once the panic button push they all forget how to managed the situation. Especially the skipper Hafeez conditions speaking in volume ,the preesure is proving better then his talent and skills. along pressure handling the other factor is bad selection of the team our selectors fail to pick the right player for the given condition. A.Razzaq can make a big difference in batting and specially with his medium pace bowling in such conditions but not selected. let's see when they realize their mistakes.

  • UzyyAz on April 2, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Pak fans seem to ignore that Hafeez has apologized.Most other team's captains would find an excuse for a humiliating loss and maintain their own egos.Hafeez has performed consistently for Pakistan, more as a bowler than a top order batsman.He is as inconsistent in batting as A. Shezad or U Akmal but brings more value through his bowling.Kamran and Malik instead of Alam and Anwar Ali goes beyond understanding especially since both performed when given the opportunity recently, a simple answer is because those lads are from Karachi.The team was selected by the previous selection committee, now changed with R Latif as chief selector.Tanvir is no more the threat he was when he first arrived and his experience doesn't count for anything since he lacks skills to begin with.Jamshed should be worked on and bought back.Maqsood/Bhatti can be persisted with provided they can fulfill the voids in Pakistani team.Before WC 2015 Pakistan needs a quality seam bowler who can shine on Australian pitches

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    I think it's time for pcb to announce a new captain, kamran akmal should be dropped for ever, and umer akmal needs to play domestic cricket until next world cup. Let me correct hafeez it's not bowling that cost us the match it was batting, west indies had weak bowling attack just like india there was no need to panic while chasing. For next 20 20 in 2016 that will be held in India we need to get two aggressive young openers for domestic club and give them license to go from the word go. Pakistani openers always struggle against any top team,if junaid would have bowled the over that gul bowled i m sure bravo woudnt be able to hit those yokers. it was the time to wake up, since Misbah willl lead 2015 world cup, we need to find hafeez replacement for 2016

  • on April 2, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Pakistan 11 For Next 10 years will be, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razaq, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanveer, Rana naveed, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Sami

    On the Bench Taufeeq Umar, Misbah, Younis, Mohammad Yousuf, Rao Iftikhar, Sania Mirza

  • Mustafa008 on April 2, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Pakistan need a big change, what are you waiting for now. Please re-call Abdul Razzak, Imran Nazir and Nasir Jamsheed and in the bowling department we need Mohammed Irfan, Junaid Khan etc. Abdul Razzak shall be the captain of the team.

  • Mustafa7861 on April 2, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Yes, we still need Abdul Razzak. He has lot of cricket left in him, I think he is lot better than the all youngsters and also when compared with the present team. He can handle pressure not like Hafeez who takes pressure, Pakistan need Abdul Razzak in the team.

  • International2078 on April 2, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Persons who play professional cricket, as in other sports, have been doing so since childhood and have come across adverse weather, ground, pitch conditions. They are not in new environment. Inconsistency reflects immaturity. Pakistan cricket is inconsistent. Players must accept responsibility of their game. They are playing for their country. They are supposedly top eleven and must play responsibly. It seems, every player plays, in the way they think is best, which, if cricket was an individual sports, would be okay and there would be successes. But cricket is a team sports, a sport one plays for the greater glory of one's team, of one's country and so with it comes responsible play. Pakistan cricket team is inconsistent and has been so, for a decade or more. It either plays poorly or superbly. There is no place in professional cricket for chance games and chance matches. Continued.

  • International2078 on April 2, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Well, so much for Pakistan cricket. In my opinion, professionalism in sport is to implement knowledge of a sport and training, in an effectual manner such that desired outcome is achieved. In sports, emotional responses are detrimental to one's goal. Person's whose profession is sports, must work towards achieving a level of professionalism, where maturity is at play. Maturity is obtained with general education, education of one's sports, with time and experience. It is these factors which build up a player's character, a team's character. There must be no place for emotional hijacking of a game or match. Stress involved, be it due to weather conditions, or be it ground and / or pitch conditions, or off field issues, are matters, which one learns to handle and cope with, and, possibly exploit using their education. Education, time and experience provide maturity. Incomplete. Continued:

  • FicklePak on April 2, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Please, time to move on ok. A. Razaq - really? How about Javed Miandad? At least I know I could depend on Javed sticking around and not succumbing to pressure.

    We need mental toughness, not going back to yester years. There are enough quality young players, let's develop them.

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    i think pak lost the match in the last 3 overs where two front line Pakistani bowlers were attacked which eventually put pressure on the whole team but no problem boys next time

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    I don't have any question about their talent and skills but they aren't mentally tough which is quiet clear in the last five overs of west Indies inn. once the panic button push they all forget how to managed the situation. Especially the skipper Hafeez conditions speaking in volume ,the preesure is proving better then his talent and skills. along pressure handling the other factor is bad selection of the team our selectors fail to pick the right player for the given condition. A.Razzaq can make a big difference in batting and specially with his medium pace bowling in such conditions but not selected. let's see when they realize their mistakes.

  • UzyyAz on April 2, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Pak fans seem to ignore that Hafeez has apologized.Most other team's captains would find an excuse for a humiliating loss and maintain their own egos.Hafeez has performed consistently for Pakistan, more as a bowler than a top order batsman.He is as inconsistent in batting as A. Shezad or U Akmal but brings more value through his bowling.Kamran and Malik instead of Alam and Anwar Ali goes beyond understanding especially since both performed when given the opportunity recently, a simple answer is because those lads are from Karachi.The team was selected by the previous selection committee, now changed with R Latif as chief selector.Tanvir is no more the threat he was when he first arrived and his experience doesn't count for anything since he lacks skills to begin with.Jamshed should be worked on and bought back.Maqsood/Bhatti can be persisted with provided they can fulfill the voids in Pakistani team.Before WC 2015 Pakistan needs a quality seam bowler who can shine on Australian pitches

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    I think it's time for pcb to announce a new captain, kamran akmal should be dropped for ever, and umer akmal needs to play domestic cricket until next world cup. Let me correct hafeez it's not bowling that cost us the match it was batting, west indies had weak bowling attack just like india there was no need to panic while chasing. For next 20 20 in 2016 that will be held in India we need to get two aggressive young openers for domestic club and give them license to go from the word go. Pakistani openers always struggle against any top team,if junaid would have bowled the over that gul bowled i m sure bravo woudnt be able to hit those yokers. it was the time to wake up, since Misbah willl lead 2015 world cup, we need to find hafeez replacement for 2016

  • Cricket_Live on April 2, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Now Batting, a team that struggles with batting had 3-4 extra bowlers selected and no reasonable spare batsmen, what a selection. In World Cricket, only Pakistan team stops playing cricket & continues with funeral when our openers go out cheaply. What are other batsmen in team for? do they forget how to rotate strike or hit the ball because the previous batsmen couldnt? Attack is the best defence in T20 and Maxwell showed us while they were 0-2 in first over. Please don't consider sharjeel a batsmen, has serious flaws, Shoaib & Kamran should respect themselves and retire, Hafeez is and will always be a lower order batsmen and if he doesn't understand, then make him understand, Maqsood shouldn't be in T20 as such is his body language and attitude, U.Akmal can only perform if field is open & ball is old hence it is stupid to bring him up, Shehzad needs to concentrate on cricket and not critics. Finally, find vultures to coach this team since we are still thinking & living in 90's.

  • Rocky7860 on April 2, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Hafeez, Shoaib have to go, there is no other way. Interim captain could be Shahid Afridi and he should get a free hand in player selection, however Pakistan have to seriously groom players from all parts of Pakistan and not just one province. Unless Pakistan management is inclusive of players from all Provinces we should just call this team with the name of the province instead of Pakistan and keep expecting same results.

  • getsetgopk on April 2, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    In the end the guys that won are Malik, Kamran and Hafeez, who cares about Pakistan cricket and its fans. A useless bunch of old timers, not that they were any better in the past. Hafeez will continue to lead the team, nobody is dropping him, you can't drop a teams captain, not in Pakistan at least. Pakistan lost a T20 game yeah big deal, so what? The people running cricket in Pakistan, mostly politicians, sethi and co will continue their insider trading on who should play in the team and who doesn't, like you back my player and I will return the favor by backing your player for selection. The chairman will have one player of his choice in the team, a player each for the head coach and chairman of selectors and at least 3 players from Sharif brothers, the rest will have connections with regional associations, a proper circus if you ask me.

  • rizwan1981 on April 2, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Hafeez was terrible as a batman but he was brilliant as a new ball bowler-Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik should be dropped - Fawad Alam should be made the skipper.

    Pakistan have talented players but are not cerebral unlike the other sub-continent teams

  • Cricket_Live on April 2, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Hmmmmm Where to start? Lets start from Bowling supposedly the strength. Gul had performed poorly during the entire event. Someday, management and captain will learn that Ajmal is good to apply pressure in early overs and not death bowling but maybe after Ajmal's retirement. Junaid, is most under utilized bowler in all formats reason beyond knowledge. Tanveer is disability that is not curable hence will always be there because he was born T20 specialist just like Hafeez is professor. Babar has a shelf life of may another year, why not consider Raza Hassan who has amazing record in last T20 WC and has entire life ahead. Unfortunately, management is not capable of thinking or selecting talent beyond these bowling resources. Part 2 for Batting.......

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    keeping all these old players will not work for paksitan. Hafeez, Afridi, ajmal will be 36+ by next t20wc. and pak will have only 15 odd t20i in between. So new guys should be selected so that we can have a team by next world cup.

    Make Fawad or shehzad or any young t20 captain. leave out all gul,afeez,afridi,ajmal, malik,kamran, sohail out of it. Play nasir,haris,maqsod,ahmed,alam,umar, babr azam, hamad,anwar ali, raza, junaid & other young domestic t20 performers.

    they will get hardly 15 odd games so have to change now instead of short term solutions like afridi as captain.

    Its a shame that we have a bowling coach who was below average bowler himself. & Legends like saqlain coaching WI, Waqar coaching a domestic team in india.

  • pitch_it_up on April 2, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Winning and losing (a game of Cricket) is part n parcel of life. But what's important is being brave in loss and humble in victory. But some Pak players make huge unnecessary statements before the start of tournament (despite not winning anything worth to mention in the last few years). Now where are you?

    @SL_Fan_1985: Well, that's not the question. The question is some players making tall claims. For example, Shahid Afridi made claims that he can't see any team other than Pakistan winning this tournament...as if was a very obvious thing, a foregone conclusion, and that Pakistan just needs to take part in the tournament. Pakistan has this culture of saying crap things such as "walk in the park" (on the eve of Ind-Pak match in WC2003), "we are treating this match as a practice match" (on the eve of Ind-Pak match in WC1999), and so many other instances...and make fools out of themselves. Not sure whether they will ever learn.

  • delboy on April 2, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    It is amazing what a difference a day makes. Yesterday "Gayle would be out, and game over...." Gayle was out early but like all the fans the Pakistani team forgot cricket is a TEAM sport. Never; focus on the individual, think about the team in which that individual is a part and what strategy you have to ensure that not only can you stop that player but prevent his team from dominating and outplaying you. The best place to play cricket is in the middle and not behind a keyboard. West Indian cricketers are entertainers, not scientists, they hate all the analytics and prefer to play it as they see it; NATURALLY!

  • mzm149 on April 2, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Sharjeel was lucky not be part of playing XI and we are unlucky that he will be selected again.

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    The big problems all rest with Hafeez he must go as captain , Malik and Kamran Akmal must never play again for Pakistan.Hafeez approach is not good for the team, his attitude is not of taking this defeat seriously. Fast bowling is a big problem, Sohail Tanvir is substandard and Umar Gul is past his best. No proper chance is being given to Anwar Ali, Jamshed the election of Malik makes me question who is putting these players in the team? Are people bing selected on Merit or on Nepotism?

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    the current Pak team is a bunch of gooseberries. No plan, no thinking, no team work... They have excellent caliber and talent but no attitude. This has been the problem of the Pak team for so many years after the legends like Zaheer Abbas, Musassar nasser, Majid Khan, Wasim Raja, Wasim Bari, Asif Iqbal, Sarfraz Nawaz, Javed, Abdul Qadir, Imran, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis et al went out of the scene. Though I am an Indian, these pakistani palyers defined Pak cricket and they can resurrect Pakistan from any situation. The young players should learn from how their greats played together against any country on earth.... PCB should really invite most of the above and ask them to take basic cricketing character and lessons to these gooseberries!

    I am eager to see such a Pak team head on head with India, Australia, WI and England!! Then the money is worth it!!

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    The apology is not enough, it wasnt a bad day for cricket but you guys made it a bad day... As a captain Hafeez really doesn't know that which bowler to use and the selectors ae really out of teir mind while selecting the team.... i can't understand why sharjeel khan not there,, if it's because of fitness than there s no one is 100% fit to play that big tournament. if the team needs an opener whynot imran nazi,imran farhat and others get the chance???

  • fairplay256 on April 2, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Enough apologies already! There is no technical ability in the batting line up and you cant trained such experienced players who seemingly fail to learn. I know better performers batting on the local scene in Karachi (yup, Karachi is an option too)

  • hamza1982 on April 2, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    moving forward, dispose of kakmal and malik. Give Umar the gloves for all forms of the game. These are the most important steps. everything else is secondary. then we need a serious look at a possible t20 captain, I think junaid or shezad are good enough to take over from misbah in the future. these would be my teams for all the formats : T20 Sharjeel, Shaz (captain?),Fawad,Harris,Umar wk,Maqsood,Afridi, Hamaad,Ajmal,Junaid,Wahab/Sadaf/Gul/Talah/Irfan ODI Shaz,Jamshed/Sharjeel,Azhar,Misbah, Harris,Umar wk,Afridi,Hamaad,Ajmal,Junaid,Gul/Wahab/Talha/Sadaf/Irfan TEST Shaz,Jamshed,Azhar,Younis,Misbah, Harris/Fawad,Umar wk,Ajmal,Junaid,Sadaf/Wahab,Irfan/Gul Players discarded forever: Malik, Kakmal,Tanvir,Nazir,Farhat,

  • P.Srikanth on April 2, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    I think Pakistan needs serious thinking on strategy. I feel selection was not the problem and they are world class players. The problem is they dont adjust or play according to situation. If it is their day, they play like champions, if not they look like minnows. I think their bowlers also need to maintain low profile, it is not good to show off as champions as pressure to perform becomes high. It was a bad loss, but good things that came out was players like Shehzad, Babar got chance to proved their worth.

  • hamza1982 on April 2, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    ""But they (Kamran and malik) didn't live up to those expectations"" Who exactly expected anything from those two? At their best they were average, at their worst which is most of their career they have been a liability. Can we please discard them for good now and bring in Fawad and Harris in their place, with Umar becoming the keeper in all forms of the game. That solution makes sense.

  • iamgroot on April 2, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Hafeez apologized for bad performance.. but there is one more guy who needs to apologize. Saeed Ajmal.. instead of concentrating on next game.. he chose to talk rubbish by saying he will take bitter revenge on indian batsman. In the end he disappointed Pak team and never going to meet indian team again in this tournament.. Pak team is highly talented.. all they need is a guy who can handle this team efficiently..

  • funnykid on April 2, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    The first thing Pakistan do is to replace Hafeez, he is timid. He may have ideas but he is a weak heart and on the first sight of danger he loses his calm and panics. When you have weak leaders, you cannot win. Pakistan needs a fearless and aggressive captain especially in T20. They must find someone. Afridi is good but has very little time left now.

  • Mustafa008 on April 2, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    I think it is the high time for Pakistan to make the change, they are many opportunities give to Hafeez but none was successful. I would suggest to first re-call Abdul Razzak and make him the captain of the team, he is always the best performer and dropping him is wasting his talent. He can single handled take up the matches and give his best.So bring Razzak back as captain and need to do changes in bowling as well.

  • Mustafa7861 on April 2, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    The first change needs to be done is to remove Hafeez from the team, he is an unsuccessful captain because if you see the previous performance also he did not win any big tournament. He is the one responsible to make Abdul Razzak to sit on bench, more over he is the worst player and never performed in the important matches.

  • bouncer709 on April 2, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    @getsetgopk: I agree with you, they were planning to drop Afridi from team forever and dropped him during CT, but saw what happend with them so they call him back.... Now reality check for selectors to compare WC 2011 performance and CT, and this t20 WC and make good choice for WC 2015.... Before WC i listened to Misbah saying Afridi will be used according to situation, but I am sure nor hafeez neither Misbah understand the changing situation in matches, it was only Younis Khan who understood how to get best performance from Afridi, or it was Wasim Akram who knew the value of Afridi and Razzaq.

  • on April 2, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    I am an Indian , nd must say Pakistan was known for their never say die attitude, and for their fighting spirit, but except Afridi no one seen fighting in crunch situations in recent past. In odi's & t20's their selection whether of team or a captains has not been practical. Misbah & Hafeez are technically not good enough players to be plays as captains in odi & t20 respectively because they don't have aggression to inspire their team.

  • cerratic on April 2, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Everybody is talking about Malik & Kamran as being useless and I have said so also . One more useless player who also keeps coming back is Sohail Tanvir. He has been hit for over 20 runs an over in the past. Imagine playing him while Junaid is on the bench !!!!!!!

  • on April 2, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Before this match no one was talking in this way b'coz Pak Team was winning matches, Remember they reached to the finals of Asia Cup, they played well in recently concluded test series at neutral venue. It was just a bad day when cricket came up with most unexpected outcome.

  • Assertive-Indian on April 2, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Why is he apologizing? This Pakistani team must be the best available, and this is their best effort. But because they are not good players at all, so this best is not good enough. A much better team defeated your ordinary team, and that's the end of the story....

  • bouncer709 on April 2, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Now T20 is over for Pakistan, so PCB should select Shehzad, UmerAkmal, Juanid Khan, Sharjeel kahn, Saeed Ajmal from this team and drop all others, give chance to new players Sami Aslam, Fawab Alam, Hammad Azam and hand over the team to Afridi to be the captain.... Also seeing such a poor captaincy by Hafeez PCB should seriously think about ODI captain too, before WC 2015...Misbah is also not goog captain.... get rid of Hafeez as one down, bring younis khan as a captain.

  • on April 2, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    The match was over in 10 overs, as last 5 overs of WI inning & first 5 over of Pak inning shifted the balance. Earlier it was predicted to be a strategic battle between Moin Khan & Saqlin. Even Zaheer Abbas was flabbergasted at dugout.

    Hafeez, Malik, Akmal Sr., Gul need to review their career path. Pak players have been heroz in Cricket across the globe it was just a bad day. Ajmal still the best!!!

  • on April 2, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    very less t20 internationals are played per year. it means that Pak will play only 15-18 t20i till next world cup. Most of these players will not be there.

    I think they should leave all these aging players/past their prime players from t20s. Hafeez, afridi, gul, ajaml wont be there. Malik, Kamran & Tanvir are just past their prime. No point in recycling these players again and again and bringing these again.

    Make Fawad Alam or Ahmed Shehzad or any young guy captain of the t20 side. And continue with players like

    Ahmed, fawad, sharjeel, nasir, U Akmal, sami aslam, haris sohail, maqsood, raza hassan, hamad azam, baber azam, anwar ali, bhatti, asad ali , ehsan adi or any other top domestic t20 performer. need to look for future.

    Ajmal & afridi can serve a bit more but issue is that how back up player will come? I think t20 is the best format from where you can start experimenting with new captain and players. you cant make any of these aging players captain. instead groom new captain

  • on April 2, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    i was expecting the most celebrted line in pakistan cricket..a usual line "i think all credit goes to the boys & mangment.. n actually hafeez did it in post match confrence... he will never accept the responsibility alone.. perhaps its his call to bring in shoaib malik & kamran akmal back in the side... he should've accept the responsibilty.. failure was him.. n if hv courtesy than pls resign from captaincy..poor benchwarmers like junaid,talha & "the find" sharjeel.. hafeez never even tried them this shows is cowardice.

  • getsetgopk on April 2, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    I guess Afridi must be laughing at everyone who opposed him as a captain, heck there are many who still oppose even Afridi's presence as a player in this team. I bet they deserved this kind of shambolic outing by team Pak. Hafeez didn't even use Afridi well, he came out to bat in all matches when the game was virtually over. With a this kind of team management, these kind of players like Kamran and Malik and this kind of captain, I would have to say Pakistan did phenomenal by beating BD and Afghanistan. well done boys. Hafeez is our No 3 batsman, what a farce.

  • Lach-Ferragh on April 2, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    We pakistanis must be the only team that speaks of retaining people for a format they are simply not good enough to be in. Take the example of Sohaib Maqsood. This is a player who has talent. But does he have the credentials for T20 which requires fast legs, quick thinking, and smart cricket? No! This man is a lazy, slow fielder and his batting is more suited to test cricket than T20. Yes he can hit a few shots, but in T20 what's also required is the ability to rotate the strike. He and Hafeez are simply not good enough because they cannot rotate the strike enough. Hafeez's batting isn't made for T20. As for Kamran and Shoaib Malik, then the little said the better. It is obvious their selection was not in the best interest of the team even before they messed up. Sadly, loyalty and friendship take precedence over ability. Scandalous that Fawad Alam wasn't in the team. So, serves us right. May we long continue to lose and be embarrassed under such rubbish selection policies.

  • affan_alam on April 2, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    First of all, let me congragulate WI for their entry into the semis. As far as Pak is concerned, I have seen in the history of Pak cricket to have played more number of years and matches without being performed. He is just an average cricketer, not an international player. If you look at his average, it wil describe for him. Pak has players who all have enough talent, but they technically nowhere when compared to the batsmen of other teams. They just come to the crease, hit one odd boundary here and there and will lift in the air, and will sacrifice their wicket without even knowing the value of their wicket. They can score runs when they get dropped by other team's fielder's mistakes like Umar Akmal got dropped twice and went on to score and Ahmad Shezad will score runs only on weak bowling teams, but that always does not help u improve ur technique. The fact of the matter is they really lack technique and quality batsmen at the international level and captain is simply a waste

  • eastkwekwe on April 2, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Very poor team selection. How can Pakistan select Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik after they have failed to perform in both ODI and T20 formats for Pakistan in International cricket in last 3 years. Shoaib's average is only 17 in ODI and 19 in T20. Kamran's average is only 16 in ODI and 14 in T20 for the same period.

  • on April 2, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    Hafiz very very poor captaincy, i think pcb new captain sahid afridi....

  • on April 2, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    No need to apologize. But they played bad and cant go without facing some criticism. They played bad and it was because of selection and poor planning.

    What pakistan need is change in coaching staff. after asia cup when few were saying paksitan bowling has been below average for some time then many people here are saying that bowling is good and its just one off bad day. paksitans bowling is not good for some time now. Even spinners were not good. M Akram was average bowler & has poor stats for himself. And he is certainly not doing anything as a coach. Last year it was hidden because of junaid's form & Irfan.

    Zaheer was a great batsman. & if our batsmen make same mistake with him in dressing room then nothing can be done really. He stopped playing cricket some 30 years ago. need modern day batting coach.

    We just cant put it on hafeez alone& drop him then select almost same players again & Again. these are past their prime now. have to move on.

  • safwan_tauseef on April 2, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Please all oldies go from the team. kamran shoaib malik umar gull and tanweer all kick out from the team. Play sharjeel, Ahmad shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar akmal, Hammad azam, Sammi Aslam, Anwar Ali, Bilawal bhatti, Talha, junaid, Babar, Ajmal, Afridi, Hafeez. Hafeez is not as a captain but as a All rounder. And play at no 5 or 6. Try the team combination and build the new team

  • muftee on April 2, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Pakistan's dilemma is lack of Good leader, Good Captain. Niether Sharif nor Hafeez is impressive. A team consist of 11 individuals and of course individual performances are counted. A single bowler or a single batsman can achieve a win for team. BUT what to do when NO single invidual come forward and take the responsibility? Throwing the wickets is not 'bad cricket' it's 'bad attitude' or bad habit. 4 irresponsible stumps by rashing out from crease cannot be defended by any means. Hafeez should be removed as captain, but who is there to take over? The country and team do not think in that way, now they can remove Hafeez but nobody have been prepared for coming captaincy. May be Sharif can take over cricket team also?

  • CricketFever11 on April 2, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    As hafees clearly said before the tournament Pakistan team embraced the expectations.

  • on April 2, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    ALl Pakistan need is to send Afridi up in order,, he cant do anything when he has just 25 balls and 100 runs to score,,,,,

  • on April 2, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    In four games No good inning from Hafeez, Kamran and Malik. Very sad. PCB has to find new blood.

  • Rahul_78 on April 2, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    I just get the feeling that Hafeez freezes at the big moment. In the 1st match against India Hafeez's body language and overall captaincy was very tentative. He seemed to have accepted the defeat ones WI scored those runs. There was no intent no strategy to chase the huge total. There seem to be no plan B with Pak think tank. Pakistan is a mercurial side capable of performing miracles as shown by the great Imran Khan. Well you will get a leader like Imran ones a millennium but what Pak doesnt need is a leader who freezes in the face of the adversary. Also Shahzad was made to look like fool after getting the 1st ball duck. No one should forget that cricket can come back and byte you on your back side spectacularly. He could have been much gracious after scoring the match winning century. Pak seriously needs to look forward. If they keep going back to Maliks, Akmals and Razzaqs the result will always be inconsistent.

  • on April 2, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Pak play badly but I m not worried bcaz west indies cannot beat 1st Lanka & then india I love both these teams after Pak. so best of luck to these two teams from paki fan.

  • on April 2, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    poor performance....but no need for apologies....this is t20, shows you can loos a game in just 3 overs.....and the momentum shifts, with that shift it was easy to predict that Pakistan will fail horribly especially with those final blows to ajmal...the 160 score was modest...but the aggression and momentum shifted very quickly....tough luck...just a game :) good luck windies!!

  • on April 2, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    sa is going to win this t20 wc ...i feel sl are chokers ( 2007 final 2009 final 2011 final 2012 final )...sa controlled their nerves in this t20 wc so far after loosing to sl narrowly ....sa won three tight tough close matches ; so they r no more chokers ...

  • ITJOBSUCKS on April 2, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    @Adnan Arif Don't twist the facts...Waqar has been chosen as bowling coach for Bengal not for "India"!!!! We will see whether he makes a difference or not in a year or 2!!

  • imtiazjaleel on April 2, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    No bowler or batsman can be taken for granted. Pressure will make them crumble and thats what happened with Ajmal and the batsmen in yesterdays crucial match. Pakistan lost the match while bowling itself in the last three overs. They were shell shocked by the onslaught of Sammy and Bravo and could never recover.

  • KarachiKid on April 2, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    @ Kunderan: Thanks a lot for your post - it really makes us see things in perspective. However, I believe our management wrongly persisted with Akmal and Malik. Even players like Maqsood and Gul are also not performing well and it would have been nice to rest them for a few matches as they just dont seem to be learning from their mistakes. Its easy for Hafeez to now say that its upon selection commitee to drop anyone. That's convenient. Hafeez got the two in the squad so why now put the onus on selection commitee ?

  • on April 2, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    @Rajeshj Pakistan has failed to reach semi finals for the first time so you know where we stand.Our performance has been excellent so i do not agree with what you say.Our ex Pakistan bowlers coach teams like India and West Indies so we know what we are and where we stand.Need i say more.

  • on April 2, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Our Indian, pakistani and Bangladeshi fans are always over expressive about every win and loss, but I feel they should show more understanding on the performance. Pakistan have been among the most consistent T20 team in the competition since inception. I guess the selectors wanted to go for experience of Malik, Gul and Kamran for such an important event which is not unreasonable to choose. Moreover, hardly the management or captain can do anything if such experienced players are so out of form. Hafeez I believe has done very well for the team for the last few years as a batsman and a part time bowler. Time for pakistan to ponder over few decisions in selection, invest in youth as India did so that they have a core of 4-5 young talented players and have few seniors around to guide them..A young swashbuckling batsman like Umar Akmal or the sheer swinging pace of pakistani fast bowlers alongside a great wizard in Ajmal is quite a cricketing sight and worth all the efforts :)

  • on April 2, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    I was surprised when PCB pick Kamran Akmal for the WC. He wasnt in the team for last 2 years. Umar was keeping well and Sharjeel was trying to show his class. Things were going fine for Pak Team but i have no idea from where Selection Commettee get the idea to bring back Kamran Akmal. He still drop catches, missed stumping (almost same as Umar) as well as no batting performance. Sharjeel might have score atleast a 50+ score in 4 innings !! PCB should understand and make plans in advance for the major tournaments. it will never work like this that you plan with difference combination the whole year and for the WC, you pick different players because they are SENIORS. When did Malik Score winning innings? He never Bowls now and he is not batting. Why he is in the Team? What is his role? Gull is getting for lot of runs recently. they should have tried Junaid.

  • on April 2, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    it was absolute ignominous effort from pak as we expected a lot from them. All i can say is their selection. shoib malik was absolute blunder and hafeez consumed a lot of deliveries put himself under pressure.Zero technique shown by their batsman , what they done is just slogging each and every ball.

  • on April 2, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Pak should make shoib Maqsood captain...and drop Afridi ,Gul,Ajmal ,Kamran & Malik from the side and give young talents a chance...Hafeez can be a bowling allrounder @ 5th position...Zulfikar Babar is as good as Ajmal in future for Pak...

  • ADARSH100 on April 2, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Good words from Hafeez. Didint blame the fans and their expectations for their failure like Shakib did.

  • Rajeshj on April 2, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Quite sad to see Pakistan getting thumped in this manner.. But I think they dug their own grave, because you cannot expect much from this team.. A team comprising of purely temperamental players like Kamran/Malik/Afridi/Maqsood etc. cannot be expected to win always.. They could be great in one match, but these guys never understand the meaning of consistency.. Captaincy was quite lacklustre.. Pakistan missed Misbah very much.. He was the single factor for Pakistan's decent performances in the last few years and I think he should have captained this t20 team.. Pakistan's new management comprising of 80s-mindset guys will get them nowhere.. expect to see more such rock-bottom performances ..

  • cricpolitics on April 2, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Should Australia, England, and NZ be asking their captains to be removed? There performances were even worst than Pakistan in this tournament. Changing a captain is not going to resolve anything. It's the mind set of the players that needs to be changed which starts from the management and I think the current management is a very weak one. Bring Waqar or Mohsin back in the coaching role and start seeing the differences. They have delivered before and can deliver again.

  • mzm149 on April 2, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Umar Gul, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal are past their expiry date now. Young fast bowlers will have to be given continuous chances to groom them even if they fail. Nasir Jamshed, Harris Sohail, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam and Umar Amin should be persisted with. Hafeez should realize by now that he is not a one down batsman. His place is not above 5th or 6th slot.

  • kunderan on April 2, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Hafeez is a gentleman and a good sportsman. You don't seem him swearing or sledging. Any team can win or lose on a given day and it's not fair to blame someone for a bad performance in one match!

    The format is such that no team can consistently win. As an Indian fan and having followed India's fluctuating performances, I am aware of this.

    So go easy on the team when they lose. It's performances over a period of time that count and particularly in Tests, at least in recent times, Pakistan has done very well even against England and Australia and even SA!

    If Gul and Ajmal can be hit, then you just have to accept that WI had a good day. It does not make them bad bowlers, particularly Ajmal. Have you seen any other bowler troubling all batsmen so consistently? So cut him some slack!

  • Dinar1 on April 2, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    There is no place in playing eleven for Hafeez, and we are surprise why management is trying to keep him in the team as a captain. All cricket playing nations select the players from their domestic cricket on the behalf of the players's performance and now on what performance of Shoeb Malik and Kamran akmal were selected for the t20 w/c. There is news that Hafeez is recommended for their selection. why?. Kamran akmal is droped so many catches behind the wicket and he is still backing him as a good keeper. For God sack and for the good for pakistan cricket, hafeez should be out of the team and all other non performer players. Then our cricket can survive other future of cricket is looking like pakistan hockey.

  • on April 2, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. As a captain, Hafeez should understand that first

  • bouncer709 on April 2, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    is Hafeez a bowler or is he a batsmen? No he is all-rounder, it he batting all-rounder or bowling all-rounder?.... he only bowls when conditions favour him, when new left hander batsmen on the crease, he do one or two overs and when he get smashed, then he will bring other bowler and again will not come to bowl... Best way to say excuse is to step down as a captain.

  • on April 2, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, i skipped my dinner last night as i could not digest what happened to my team. But, Pakistan over the past few months have really made us happy. Their overall performance was excellent since the start of this year. All what is being said cud have been said for west indies too had they lost to Pakistan. Pakistani team has gone through tough times but still has managed to be on top with record number of matches won and wickets taken. Time now for some senior players like shoaib malik to retire. And the cricketing world, just dont forget Mohammed amir will be joining us soon Our team will rise again Inshallah and we will be on top of the tables in all the three formats

    Pakistan zindabad

  • Paindu_Cant_Bat on April 2, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    They just cannot bat this is how simple it is. They have been in the team for a long time and continusly failing to apply the basics of batting. It suggest only one thing that deserving one are sitting out side.

  • Iceman29 on April 2, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Dont know why Pak people keep on bashing Akmal brothers for any loss, I can understand about Shoaib malik and Hafeez to some extent but why Akmal brothers...they have single handedly won you guys many matches...Pak is overdependent on these two guys...why not blame Shehzad, Maqsood etc....why always Akmal brothers?

  • SL_Fan_1985 on April 2, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    I'm SL fan and disappointed with PAK performance.. But...what a stupid questions these are ? Cricket is unpredictable and any team can face these kind of situations... Should every thing up side down just becoz of PAK didn't make it to semis....???? I don't agree..This is just a World cup cup tournament and NOT END of the world, not the end of every thing.... Don't worry PAK..Lets make it next time....... What happen (I don't wish for that) if WI beat SL and SA beat IND in semis.. OR vise-versa? Would that be the end of big criket giants.....? never.. Cricket goes on.....enjoy it....!!

  • faisi007 on April 2, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    why razzaq not selected in t20 tounament. There is need of this person in that particular position. Because of faulty hafeez razzak not selected for this tournament.

  • on April 2, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    loss or victory part of gamebut how u lose there is question mark????? aye still positively blv no capt can challenhge Misbah he shud lead in all three formats we shud include fawad anwar ali imran nazir in our squad

  • Siva_Bala75 on April 2, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Hafeez can not be blamed beyond a point...c'mon. Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik won't make it to any team XI. Gul is also not in form. Pakistan has a tendency to play one extra bowler for many years now. When Hafeez and Afridi can bowl 8 overs in all matches, Pak need only 3 more bowlers and not 4?! This slot can be used to bring in a batsman. In effect, Pak is 3 batsmen short if you add Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik.

  • t20-2007 on April 2, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    @JustIPL...this kinda gesture only leads to loses but yeah Dhoni rocks man !!

  • on April 2, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    well played pak overall ...any team can have a bad day ...

  • on April 2, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.

    Hafeez should learn that first!

  • fahim-akhter on April 2, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    Great job Hafeez, oh i didn't realize Akmal did a good job in keeping, well done Akmals & Malik, did a great job for someone

  • Rayyan_RA16 on April 2, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Hafeez needs to come down the order and realize he can't bat in the top 3. He only got runs vs sri Lanka b/c the pitches in uae were flat tracks,he cant be captain either b/c he cant handle pressure at all,Pakistan also must give up on washed up players like Kamran,Malik and Tanvir who can easily be replaced by youngsters

  • Zahidsaltin on April 2, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    There were two points of time in this match where Pakistan lost the game. First when they lost the toss and then when Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal bowled those wayward two overs. From the previous two games where England and NZ had fallen exactly in the same manner as Pakistan did in this game, I was quite sure that batting in the second innings will be impossible unless WI is kept down to about 125. We can blame the batsmen as they were pathetic too but even some better batsmen couldn't score freely on this track in the second innings. I knew the only thing which could save Pakistan was dew but it wasn't there. Impact of those 5 over 82 and then a superb first ball inswinging yorker taking Ahmad out played on Pakistan players nerves and drained them psychologically too.

  • JustIPL on April 2, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Good jesture by Hafeez. It will help Pak overcome their weeknesses quite unlike Dhoni who always ends up with excuses despite hefty losses in longer versions of the game specially tests. Dhoni does not yield despite severe criticism by fans and media.

  • on April 2, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    only way to move forward it to get rid of these perchi players like hafeez, malik, and akmal brothers

  • on April 2, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Afridi was firing through out the competition for Pakistan. he should have batted earlier in the match against WI.

  • on April 1, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Am so happy that Shoaib Malik could not be sent back to the pavilion for 'no score'. He scored two. Under very difficult conditions, this was a great show by the great Shoaib.

  • JoshFromJamRock on April 1, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    While many people are bashing Pakistan, I must congratulate them on contributing to making this tournament entertaining and interesting. No team will beat West Indies with the bowling lineup they have. Absolutely none. Chasing 170 (WI's average score batting 1st) is not easy.

  • Yasser_C on April 1, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    If under performing in one game, though an important one, means droping players altogether, then Aus & Eng should be hung based on their performances. We the spectators need to get real with our expectations. No team can win every match, so stop being bunch of jerks who do nothing but complain. Other teams play to win as well if thats alright with you whiners, so cut 'em some slack.

  • indianzen on April 1, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    I am an Indian but a huge fan of talents & sportsmanship in Pak players like Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Hafeez. I had even bet with my wife that Pak would easily enter the Semis. I think the player selection was not upto the mark, Shoib Malik, Afridi and Kamran Akmal are players who just play couple out of 100 matches well. Why are they in the team ? I feel that the difference between Ind, SL and Pak team are 1. Experience 2. Consistency and 3. Presence of mind...

  • amumtaz on April 1, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Waiting for the day Hafeez is dropped from Pakistan team permanently. He is one guy who never performs against top opposition and never takes responsibility for his poor show.

  • on April 1, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Please please please remove Hafeez as captain and restore Misbah as captain of Pakistan team.

  • on April 1, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    With such a poor performance with the bat himself, Hafeez has no reasons to say that the loss was mainly due to overall low performance of the national team. The consistency factor remains absent in our team when it is required from the cream of Pakistani cricketers. I am failed to understand why Hafeez has so long been the apple of eye for our national selectors? why Shoib Malik was asked to rejoin the shattered team even when it is a known fact that he has never been so good in the past T20 tournaments held at international level. Why Kamran Akmal was recalled? Don't we have better cricketers than these back home? It was evident that Umar Gul was not that Umar Gul we had seen in the past. Still his induction in the national side was beyond understanding. He should first get fit himself. I would like to mention that after playing for more than 10 innings, if a player comes up with one fine knock, then that doesn't mean that he remains to be the only choice.

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  • on April 1, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    With such a poor performance with the bat himself, Hafeez has no reasons to say that the loss was mainly due to overall low performance of the national team. The consistency factor remains absent in our team when it is required from the cream of Pakistani cricketers. I am failed to understand why Hafeez has so long been the apple of eye for our national selectors? why Shoib Malik was asked to rejoin the shattered team even when it is a known fact that he has never been so good in the past T20 tournaments held at international level. Why Kamran Akmal was recalled? Don't we have better cricketers than these back home? It was evident that Umar Gul was not that Umar Gul we had seen in the past. Still his induction in the national side was beyond understanding. He should first get fit himself. I would like to mention that after playing for more than 10 innings, if a player comes up with one fine knock, then that doesn't mean that he remains to be the only choice.

  • on April 1, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Please please please remove Hafeez as captain and restore Misbah as captain of Pakistan team.

  • amumtaz on April 1, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Waiting for the day Hafeez is dropped from Pakistan team permanently. He is one guy who never performs against top opposition and never takes responsibility for his poor show.

  • indianzen on April 1, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    I am an Indian but a huge fan of talents & sportsmanship in Pak players like Ajmal, Umar Akmal and Hafeez. I had even bet with my wife that Pak would easily enter the Semis. I think the player selection was not upto the mark, Shoib Malik, Afridi and Kamran Akmal are players who just play couple out of 100 matches well. Why are they in the team ? I feel that the difference between Ind, SL and Pak team are 1. Experience 2. Consistency and 3. Presence of mind...

  • Yasser_C on April 1, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    If under performing in one game, though an important one, means droping players altogether, then Aus & Eng should be hung based on their performances. We the spectators need to get real with our expectations. No team can win every match, so stop being bunch of jerks who do nothing but complain. Other teams play to win as well if thats alright with you whiners, so cut 'em some slack.

  • JoshFromJamRock on April 1, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    While many people are bashing Pakistan, I must congratulate them on contributing to making this tournament entertaining and interesting. No team will beat West Indies with the bowling lineup they have. Absolutely none. Chasing 170 (WI's average score batting 1st) is not easy.

  • on April 1, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Am so happy that Shoaib Malik could not be sent back to the pavilion for 'no score'. He scored two. Under very difficult conditions, this was a great show by the great Shoaib.

  • on April 2, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Afridi was firing through out the competition for Pakistan. he should have batted earlier in the match against WI.

  • on April 2, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    only way to move forward it to get rid of these perchi players like hafeez, malik, and akmal brothers

  • JustIPL on April 2, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Good jesture by Hafeez. It will help Pak overcome their weeknesses quite unlike Dhoni who always ends up with excuses despite hefty losses in longer versions of the game specially tests. Dhoni does not yield despite severe criticism by fans and media.