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Pakistan are trailing 2-0 in their ongoing three-Test series against South Africa, and batsman Asad Shafiq has attributed the scoreline to a lack of practice matches.
Pakistan only played one warm-up match, which they won by six wickets, before the Test series against the Proteas began.
With this in mind, Shafiq feels that Pakistan were unable to get acclimatised to the conditions in South Africa.
He also noted that the national team played more practice matches prior to their tours of Ireland and England last year.
“We had home series in the UAE so we didn’t have time for more than one practice game,” he was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “Before the UK tour, we had more tour matches as we had time.”
Meanwhile, Shafiq also admitted that he was gutted to miss out on scoring his 13th Test century in the second innings of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town, where he made 88.
“I was disappointed to get out on 88 because I was playing well and my team needed a big century,” he said. “As an individual, I also wanted to score a hundred but it’s a part of the game and it happens.”