Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 29, 2012

Mohsin blames batting for limited-overs loss

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Pak just dont have the talent anymore- neither in bowling nor in batting; the bowlers are doing the batting and the batsmen are doing the bowling. Its just sad...plain sad.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @Sinhaya Pakistan and Srilanka have always supported each other and will continue to do so. yes Pakistan Cricket team should be given credit for playing good cricket without any home cricket. the ODI team needs a few changes, Hammad Azam is a good find and i am sure the selectors will give a green signal for him in Asia cup. My team would be waiting for your hospitality in June.

  • haris on March 2, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    look whos talking ! Misbah, being a captain you couldn't play a normal innings under pressure leave alone major cups n're over and out with man ! Pakistan needs a new captain..

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    There is no doubt Misbah and his tactics were faultless for the Test Series. But he (and a few others) are simply not the right sort of people forn the shorter formats. England has 2 different captains and wholesale changes for the different formats and while they got it wrong in the Test Series, they got it spot on with the shorter formats. The shorter formats require faster scoring, tight bowling and World Class Fielding. Had Pakistan held onto catches and taken run out chances they missed, the One Day and T20 results would have been very very different.

    As a batsmen myself, I cannot see how anyone who plays a 5 day game, can easily change gear to a T20 within a short period of time and then back again.

    My advice is 3 teams with 3 different captains if it is seen fit. Misbah is not a T20 player, lets just not even kid ourselves there.

    The T20 team needs to be sloggers and sharp fielders, the bowlers need to be better at containment than wicket taking

  • asif on March 2, 2012, 4:40 GMT


  • Najam on March 1, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    I think we are missing the qualified technical coaches in all aspects ; nothing wrong with our talent ; its about getting them tuned properly

  • Najam on March 1, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    please have 3 different teams in different formats ;

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    pakistani batsmen always misjudge situations when there is a need to stay in the wicket they throw their wickets stupidly & when there is need to play fast they play slowly i think when they relize that they start winning against good teams

  • Aamir on March 1, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I don't know why people would want Imran Nazir in ODI's and want Shafiq in T20's. Infact, that should be the other way around. What Pakistan needs to do is to try Sadaf Hussain and Junaid Khan who will share the new ball together as that could be a potential future bowling combination. The insanity of people have asked for the dreaded K.Akmal back. We don't want someone who will drop chances for us again in crucial matches. Sarfraz needs to be groomed properly so we need to be patient with him. Young blood need to be infused but not too many that no seniors will guide them. This is the near perfect squad for the Asia cup. 1.) Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Azhar 4.) U.Akmal 5.) Younis 6.) Afridi (C) 7.) Hammad 8.) Sarfraz WK. 9.) Ajmal 10.) Gul 11.) Sadaf/Junaid Three quality spinners with three quicks along with good top order that can build from Azhar. U.Akmal needs to get out there and score BIG and Younis is a better senior than Misbah and Afridi is in good batting form.

  • Saeed on March 1, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Over & Over again i am seeing all these criticisms; yet no one has the capacity to tell me which strategy or captain has done better for Pakistan than Misbah/Mohsin. I am challenging anyone from Pakistan whether from cricket Board or individuals. Was it Afridi's record or Inzamam or Akram? Please do yourself a favor check the record & results; instead of slapping youself in the face every time you encounter a minor setback. Like i said before; batting, fielding & coaching needs to improve vastly at the National level in order to have significant improvements at the International level. Its like trying to teach a baby to run before he walks. & yes we need a change of Strategy at the ODI & T-20 level; NOT a change of Key Personnel. I would bring Rehman in - most economical bowler in ODI series & give Kamran Akmal(perhaps he is more mature & learned from his mistakes) another try to open & keep. Afridi should come after ASAD. Mohsin has earned the right to coach for another year.

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