Pakistan news September 11, 2012

'Happy feeling within the camp' - Hafeez

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Hafeez has said that Pakistan are looking to carry the momentum of a 2-1 series win into the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka despite the heavy defeat in the third T20 match against Australia in Dubai. After losing the ODI series, Pakistan bounced back to win the first two T20s, but collapsed to their lowest T20 total in the third match while chasing.

"Despite losing the third game, I can confidently say that there is a happy feeling within the camp and we are gearing up for the mega event," Hafeez said. "There is a concern in chasing a target, but I am confident that we will improve and do well in the World Twenty20. We must lift our energy levels while we chase."

Pakistan won the first match by seven wickets, before winning the second in a one-over eliminator to take an unassailable lead in the three match series. But chasing Australia's 168 in the third, Pakistan's top order crumbled against the pace of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. The team eventually folded for 74 with only three batsmen managing double-digit scores, a performance that should serve as a "wake-up call" according to Hafeez, in an otherwise good series for the team.

"The way we approached (the target), it wasn't good and we lost too many wickets earlier giving us no chance to recover. There was no point to be complacent and everyone wanted to win the game but Australia played better cricket than us."

"T20 cricket is all about doing the right thing at the right time and we are doing all what has to be done. We are looking forward to the mega event and you will see the difference in our next games."

Pakistan made only one change in the squad for the final T20 - bringing in Yasir Arafat for Sohail Tanvir, after going unchanged in the first two - to allow maximum practice time to their first-choice players.

"I actually wanted to give more chances to our main players, mainly because we don't have much time left ahead of the event. So I decided to stick with lineup," Hafeez said.

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  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    funny people! out of 11 batsman only Malik was the one who got out on a very gud delivery.. anyways no excuses..... Players always come from domestic cricket .... there is no one better than malik in your domestic circle. players like Asad shafique got chances continually without any exclusion from team for 3 to 4 years and now he has started to perform ...... its the matter of giving confidence not about players capability. you people always love afridi for his batting and you want him to play even if he is not performing for 100 matches ......

  • shahid on September 12, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Why didn't he bowl Razzaq for all 4 overs when he was doing superbly? Why didn't he bowl him self with the new ball. Why bowl or even play Shoaib? Asad Shafiq should be playing instead of Shoaib who has never performed for last 3 years now.

  • shahid on September 12, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    What has Shoaib Malik done in last 3 years to earn his place ?? Hafiz, you have lost your wicket in the same fashion multiple times. Why push the up wards. You either play uppish with some force behind it or stay on the ground.

  • Md Risalat on September 12, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket will never go anywhere if they still keep drafting in people like Yasir Arafat, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Sami. The fact that the management think they can afford to leave out young talents like Hammad Azam, Junaid Khan from any format at all shows that they are only going backwards. The best seamer for them at the moment is Junaid Khan and he's not in a World Cup squad. And I do blame Misbah for not having any faith in Azam even when he was selected to play one or two matches here and there. Junaid and Azam need enough opportunites to be groomed for future but they keep wasting time on people like Malik, Arafat, Sami or taufeeq Umar . Inclusion of Azam, a seam bowling all rounder would've brought perfect balance in that ODI team if they did insist on playing just one front line seamer alongside since they don't have a decent 3rd seamer at the moment. I just hope Nasir Jamshed is given the opportunity to open in Tests in time.

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Just Replace Shoaib Malik Please... And also Raza Hassan I think the kid needs more experience, but yeah shoaib malik is horrible. its a joke really.

    Replace for Hammad azam and maybe Anwar Ali..

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    I think Afridi should bat on No 3 in world cup as Muhammad Hafeez should bat on no 7 after Umar Akmal. Imran Nazir and Nasir should open

  • mohammad on September 12, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    With 19 for 5 at one point, Professor, how can the players have a happy feeling?Because they are used to see that for the last 5-6 years. You need to be sorry for that type of poor performance. Happy for the series with a super over( a tie in score)? Ausis played in the adverse weather condition, so they did better in my opinion.

  • Dummy4 on September 12, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Even right decisions at the right time can go wrong - not to worry. As a note: Pakistan is finally putting up good opening stands. There again, it wld be great in a test or even an ODI. But with number of batters at hand in this version, it is really a matter of eat and run. It seems Australinas in last two games took their chances and prevailed.

  • Sikandar on September 11, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    this tells a lot about Pakistan cricket - one day they can decimate anyone while other day they can not even win against Afghanistan! out for Afghanistan this time, they can do wonders..and even Ireland! hmm..Afghanistan is playing at WT20, am I correct??

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Asad Shafiq should replace Shoaib Malik.

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