Pakistan's fallout from the World Cup April 14, 2007

Sami bemoans lack of effort

Cricinfo staff

We were all were miserable in our short stint in the West Indies - Sami © Getty Images
The performance evaluation committee (PEC), formed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to look into Pakistan's dismal World Cup performance, questioned several players and officials in Karachi.

Wasim Bari, former chief selector, Younis Khan and legspinner Danish Kaneria, as well as former selector Iqbal Qasim and fast bowler Mohammad Sami, were all questioned.

The players and officials were asked to record their views about the poor performance in the World Cup and also asked for suggestions for the improvement of domestic cricket.

Talking to reporters after his session with the committee, Sami blamed the team for a lack of application in the Caribbean.

"Our batting, bowling and fielding, all were miserable in our short stint in the West Indies and all the team members are responsible for the team's early exit from the event," he said.

Kaneria, however, spoke about the failure of Pakistan's batsmen, while also expressing surprise over his exclusion for the Ireland game. Pakistan's defeat in that game, their second in a row, condemned them to an early exit from the tournament.

The committee, having already questioned several big names including Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed, will carry out their next assessments in Lahore. Ijaz Butt, chairman, said the committee will finish their assignment in the next seven days before submitting their final recommendations to the PCB.