Pak­istan team don't de­serve to reach semis: Waqar

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Terming his team's per­for­mances in the on­go­ing World Twenty20 "not good enough", coach Waqar You­nis has said that Pak­istan don't de­serve to reach the semis of the mega event.

Af­ter start­ing their cam­paign with a win against Bangladesh, Pak­istan cat­a­pulted to backto-back losses against arch-ri­vals In­dia and New Zealand to vir­tu­ally rule them­selves out of the con­tention to reach the last four.

Fol­low­ing Pak­istan's loss against the Ki­wis on Tues­day, Waqar hit out at his bats­men for fail­ing to ac­cel­er­ate af­ter a blis­ter­ing start.

Chas­ing 181, Ahmed She­hzad (30 off 32 balls) and Umar Ak­mal (24 off 26 balls) failed to cap­i­talise on a good start pro­vided by Shar­jeel Khan (47 off 25 balls) to lose by 22 runs.

"If you see, we didn't move at all from the eighth to the 15th over [run-rate slowed down]," an up­set Waqar said at the post match press con­fer­ence. "Two of our so-called young­sters, up­com­ing crick­eters...they both bat­ted for a good chunk of time in the mid­dle, where we thought you would take the game away. We just hoped so, but couldn't fin­ish."

He said Pak­istan's per­for­mance was just not good enough. "I think the plat­form we needed, we had got that. I think they bowled re­ally well, one must ad­mit that. In the mid­dle, I think we couldn't find the bound­aries, which were im­por­tant. And sim­ply not good enough, I guess," said the coach. Stat­ing that it was "very painful" to see the bats­men re­peat­ing the same mis­takes, Waqar said: "I think the cricket board and the se­lec­tors will have to take a call. Once again, I will say, not good enough."

On some bats­men com­plain­ing that they are not get­ting to bat at the de­sired po­si­tions, the for­mer pacer said: "Twenty20 cricket is such a for­mat where one should ad­just and be able to adapt to the con­di­tions. Those who are rais­ing this is­sue that they are not get­ting to bat at de­sired po­si­tion, there could not have been a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity af­ter Shar­jeel cre­ated the plat­form. "At one stage, we needed to score sin­gles and dou­bles to win the match. But one must say, we are not good enough, I am sim­ply say­ing that. No mat­ter, how much we keep talk­ing about we lack this and that, but peo­ple need to in­tro­spect, is this about num­ber or is this about Pak­istan." Hav­ing lost two out of three games, Pak­istan are vir­tu­ally out of the com­pe­ti­tion but Waqar said he would not like to lose hope. "Look, we will keep hope. But the brand of cricket we are play­ing is un­for­tu­nate. It is not the ques­tion whether we should keep hope or not, af­ter all life car­ries on hope. How­ever, the type of cricket and the kind of per­for­mance we are putting up, [we] don't de­serve," he said.

Asked about Pak­istan skip­per Shahid Afridi last evening giv­ing clear in­di­ca­tions that he would re­tire from the short­est for­mat af­ter his team's cam­paign ends in the on­go­ing World T20, he said, "What should I com­ment on that? Of course, he has de­cided to fin­ish play­ing cricket for Pak­istan.

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