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Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has admitted that the national team will be “under-prepared” for their upcoming series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
Younis attributed this to the fact that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have, for some bizarre reason, decided to hold a domestic Twenty20 competition instead of letting the team adequately prepare for the series.
However, a PCB spokesman stated that the Twenty20 tournament “is a perfect way to give players practice”.
“Why not have the T20 cup, it is a perfect way to give players practice and after all they are playing competitive cricket here, that is giving them the preparation,” the spokesman said.
According to sources, Younis met with PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and told him that the national team should be sent to the United Arab Emirates at least a week before the series gets underway so that they can play numerous practice matches.
Younis also noted that he was infuriated about the delay in announcing the squads for the series.
However, the PCB spokesman said: “We recently announced the captains and the team will be announced soon as well.”
But, one Pakistan player, who wished to remain anonymous, agreed with Younis’ views and told ESPNcricinfo: “See we lost to Sri Lanka and rather than working on our problems we are standing around. This isn’t the best way to prepare as these upcoming series in the UAE are the only opportunity to give our player ample practice for the World Cup. Playing against Australia is never easy. I am afraid with such a short time we will remain under-prepared to take on Australia.”