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September 12, 2006
Inzamam-ul Haq, the Pakistan captain, termed Pakistan's overall performance in England as "unsatisfactory", saying that the team needed to improve its fielding in one-day cricket.
"Our overall performance was unsatisfactory and we should have performed better than we did," Inzamam said on returning from the two-and-a-half month tour. Pakistan lost their last one-day international at Birmingham on Sunday, which left the five-match series level at 2-2 after the first game at Cardiff was hit by rain. Earlier, Pakistan lost the four-match Test series 3-0, which included an unprecedented result after they forfeited The Oval Test following a ball-tampering row. It was Pakistan's first loss in a Test series in England since 1982.
The only positive outcome from the tour was experience gained by the youngsters in Pakistan team, Inzamam said. "Several youngsters toured England for the first time and the tour provided them with a wealth of experience and I hope they build on this experience in future." Inzamam singled out fielding as his team's main weakness. "If we need to progress we must improve our fielding, which plays a crucial part in one-day cricket."
Bob Woolmer, the coach, was also unhappy with the result. "It was disappointing not to do as well as we hoped. Probably it was the toughest tour of my career for many reasons," Woolmer told AFP from Cape Town. "Some positives did come out of the tour and they were Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul and Younis Khan - who all did well on the tour but overall it was a disappointing tour."
Pakistan's next international assignment is the Champions Trophy in India next month.