Pak­istan need to play cor­rect com­bi­na­tion: Im­ran Khan

The Pak Banker - - MAR­KETS/SPORTS - Staff Re­porter

Pak­istan's le­gendary crick­eter- turned­politi­cian Im­ran Khan said Thurs­day the coun­try's cricket team has "enough tal­ent" but there was a need to get the team com­bi­na­tion right.

Khan's re­ac­tion came af­ter Pak­istan ex­ited from the Asia Cup T20 ti­tle race yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing a five-wicket de­feat at the hands of Bangladesh. Top or­der re­mained the team's ma­jor con­cern.

Pak­istan, af­ter re­cov­er­ing from 28-4 posted 129-7, came within touch­ing dis­tance of vic­tory af­ter the 18th over, be­fore Bangladesh reached a win­ning to­tal of 131-5 and se­cured a place in Sun­day's fi­nal against In­dia.

"Pak­istani cricket fans anger at un­cer­e­mo­ni­ous exit of Pak­istan team From T20 Asia Cup is un­der­stand­able as our na­tion is ooz­ing with tal­ent," Khan, who cap­tained Pak­istan to the World Cup vic­tory in 1992, tweeted.

Khan un­der­scored the need to make ap­point­ments in the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) on merit.

"This tal­ent can only be pol­ished if PCB be­comes an in­sti­tu­tion built on merit, [in­clud­ing] se­lec­tion of its head purely on merit," he said. "But how can we ex­pect [Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif] to se­lect PCB chief on merit when all [or­gan­i­sa­tions] are be­ing headed by peo­ple re­warded for ser­vices to Shar­ifs."

On Feb 27, Pak­istan had failed to put up a de­cent show with the bat against In­dia as the whole team slumped to a mea­gre 83 all out.

De­spite a fiery open­ing spell by Mo­ham­mad Amir, the to­tal was too small for a solid In­dian bat­ting line-up. In­dia had won the game by five wickets.

So far in the tour­na­ment, Pak­istan has only man­aged to beat the United Arab Emi­rates on Feb 29. They play against Sri Lanka on March 4 (to­mor­row).

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