Waqar bashes Umar and Shehzad
Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis minced no words in bashing his faltering batsman Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad for wasting a robust start in their chase of 181-run target against New Zealand in a crunch World Twenty20 game in Mohali on Tuesday.
Pakistan fell 22 runs short after opener Sharjeel Khan blasted 25-ball 47 with nine boundaries and a six to give Pakistan an ideal 66 run start in 5.2 overs.
But Shehzad (30 0ff 32 balls) and Umar (24 off 26 balls) ate up the middle overs in a phase when Pakistan managed just 31 runs in seven overs.
New Zealand had piled up 180-5 in their 20 overs with opener Martin Guptill making 48-ball 80.
Waqar said losing the match after an ideal start was disappointing.
“We were given an ideal start by Sharjeel and its disappointing to lose from there,” said Waqar. “I think from over six to 12 we lost the way as the two batsmen ate up crucial overs and that was disappointing.”
Waqar used harsh words for Umar Akmal who on Friday complained to Imran Khan that the team management was not sending him at number four.
“I think those who want to bat up the order should look inside themselves and then ask for batting top of the order,” said Waqar, who is coy on his future as coach.
“I will go back to Pakistan and meet up the high ups and will try to make them understand, but I still don’t know,” said Waqar, who admitted his side don’t deserve to make it into the semi-finals.
“Look, if you want I can hope,” replied Waqar when asked if his team can still hope of reaching the last four. “We don’t deserve that place after this performance.”
Pakistan, one win in three games with two points, can only hope India lose to Bangladesh in Bangalore on Wednesday to give them any chance of sneaking into the last four.
New Zealand with three wins in as many games became the first team to reach the last four from Group two.
Waqar praised Sharjeel for his robust knock.
“I must praise him for he gave us the hope but then in the middle overs we lost the way and that was crucial.”