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“Overall I would say that our performance was satisfactory”
Pakistan team manager Moin Khan has announced that the national team “didn’t lose the series” against Zimbabwe after numerous former players and cricket pundits heavily criticised them for their shocking loss to the African nation in the second Test at Harare.
Pakistan also lost an ODI against Zimbabwe, but Khan defended the team, stating that they had a “satisfactory” tour as they managed to win the Twenty20 series 2-0, the ODI series 2-1 and draw the Test series 1-1.
“I don’t think our level is falling,” Khan said. “I think the conditions suited [the] Zimbabwe team more than us. In both the matches that we lost (one-day and Test) we played badly. We didn’t bat well in the second Test, but overall I would say that our performance was satisfactory.
“No, no need to apologise. We didn’t lose the series. It was 1-1 and we won the T20 and one-day series.”
When appointed as team manager, Khan clearly noted that he would not hesitate to criticise players, but he refused to do so in the case of all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who definitely had an under par series.
“I won’t say that he is consistently failing,” Khan said about Hafeez. “He did well in the T20s and one-dayers. He is a good performer but his batting was not good in Tests but he is keen and will try to regain his form.”
Khan also praised the performances of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.
“Misbah’s performance is very good,” he said. “Younis ended up with the man-of-the-series award.
“If you look at our batting then seniors played their part. Misbah was there till the end but no one helped him from the other end.”
The 42-year-old added that head coach Dav Whatmore was already implementing the necessary changes to ensure the national team do not make the same mistakes again.
“It was not in my domain to plan things,” he said. “Everyone makes mistakes and I am sure that Whatmore will be doing his best to overcome those mistakes. When you lose to a team like Zimbabwe you learn a lot of lessons.”