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February 29, 2012
Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's outgoing interim coach, has said he was surprised with the team's performance in the limited-over series against England, and insisted that every match had been winnable. Pakistan lost all four one-dayers before losing the Twenty20 series 2-1.
"I am disappointed with the performance," Mohsin told reporters on his arrival in Karachi. "We played so well throughout the Test series and beat the world No.1 team. I am surprised at the team's performance in the limited-overs matches but every target against England was achievable." Pakistan defended 144 in the first T20, before failing to chase down targets of 151 and 130 in the remaining two matches.
Mohsin was Pakistan's chief selector before being given an interim coaching role in September 2011 after Waqar Younis resigned on medical grounds. During his short tenure, Mohsin coached Pakistan to series wins over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh besides the clean sweep of England in the Tests.
"I am satisfied with my tenure and did my best," Mohsin said. "I am ready to serve my country, but my top priority is that it should be in a respected manner and with dignity, without which I will not hold any post. Winning against England in the Tests was special but in limited-over series we lost due to the poor batting and I am disappointed that the team failed (in ODIs and Twenty20s).
"But this is the same team that was being lauded only a few days back and now everyone is so critical and talking about inducting new blood, which is again strange."
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq also warned about making drastic changes to the team, insisting that an overhaul wouldn't work.
"We did try our best but England came back strong and credit must be given to them. I think we are responsible as our batting failed."
Misbah is facing a hostile reaction from the Pakistan public after his 32-ball 28 in the deciding T20, which Pakistan lost by five runs. Pakistan had seemingly been in control, needing 36 off the final five overs with Misbah and Umar Akmal in the middle, and with seven wickets remaining but couldn't complete the job.
"I think we need to take this decision only after assessing our resources and if you have those resources then do that," he said. "But if you don't have quality cricketers then it will do harm. If you change for the sake of change it will not help.
"All those who watch are sentimental and they talk like this. You sit down and analyse and if you have a replacement for a player then you replace him. Drastic changes will not help."
Edited by Siddarth Ravindran
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