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Former Pakistan batsman Mohsin Khan feels that it would be unfair to only blame captain Sarfraz Ahmed for the national team’s disappointing World Cup campaign.
Mohsin’s comments come as Pakistan face a near impossible task to qualify for the semi-finals as they have to beat Bangladesh by over 300 runs in their clash at Lord’s on Friday.
Should Pakistan fail to do this, New Zealand will join Australia, India and England in the last four.
Instead of only holding Sarfraz responsible, Mohsin feels that the players, team management, coaches and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must also be blamed.
“The captain [can] never be held responsible for the entire team’s performance,” he told The Nation. “Rather, the players, team management, coaches and even the PCB must share the responsibility.
“When Sarfraz was not [in] good form, who was supposed to step forward and back him up? Obviously, the PCB, team management, coaches needed to do so, but they couldn’t justify their roles and failed to make a difference.
“Had they fully motivated and supported Sarfraz, [mark] my words, the captain could have given 200 percent. When the shoulders are down, few words of wisdom could pave the way and play the trick, [but this] was missing. I had a strong belief that Pakistan had the potential as many individuals played match-winning knocks in different encounters, but a lack of proper planning and teamwork cost us dearly.”