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Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq believes it is “unfair to say that both (Babar Azam and Haris Sohail) were playing for themselves” in the third Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Misbah’s comments come after the men in green were whitewashed 3-0 in the Twenty20 series after losing the third match by 13 runs.
Azam scored 27 off 32 balls, while Haris made 52 off 50 deliveries.
Rather than describing the top order batsmen as being selfish, Misbah admitted that they were trying to hit but couldn’t connect. He further added that Azam’s timing has been off throughout the Twenty20 series.
“It’s not that they (the top-order batsmen) were being selfish, they were unable to adapt to the slowness of the pitch,” Misbah was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “They were trying to hit but weren’t able to which led to more dot balls and frustration. Babar wasn’t able to time the ball in all three innings.
“It’s unfair to say that both (Babar Azam and Haris Sohail) were playing for themselves. Their position in the team is not uncertain and nobody is challenging their positions at the moment. It was Sri Lanka’s good bowling which never allowed our batsmen to adapt properly. A big factor has been the impact of their wristspinner (Wanindu Hasaranga). We didn’t pick his googly whereas they played our spinner nicely and batted well.”