KARACHI: Chief Coach Moin Khan believed that keeping the unpredictability of shortest brand of cricket in mind, Pakistan faces a big challenge to regain the ICC World T20 which goes into action from March 16.
“If Pakistan did well in their Super T20 matches against Australia, India and West Indies then there are bright chances that they can reach the final and regain the title,” he told APP in an exclusive interview here on Wednesday.
He said keeping in view the fluctuating fortunes of T20 cricket, players must adopt the condition rapidly as per the situations to emerge winners.
“What we have seen in the past and now, any team in the super 10 round is capable of beating each other on given day. So players got to produce their 100%,” he stressed.
He was of the view that Pakistan got a good T20 combinations. “But performing with consistency by each and every player will be vital in winning and losing,” he maintained.
Pakistan holds a good track record in World T20 having reached the final in 2007, won the event in England under Younis Khan.
But lost to Australia semi-final in West Indies 2010 after Mike Hussey’s blitz on Saeed Ajmal to Sri Lanka in 2012.
Pakistan never missed to reach the last four rounds of the event “We cannot afford to make any lapse in batting, bowling fielding and needed top fitness to excel and secure positive results,”he remarked.
Chief coach said that dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi will be okay and will be taking part in the event.
He said for the World T20, Pakistan will be getting experienced Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Tanvir and Zulfiqar Babar in their fold.
He while Zulfiqar will be playing his first event, Malik, Kamran and Tanvir have featured in all the previous T20 events.
“With vast experienced by the trio (Malik, Kamran, Tanvir) Pakistan will hoping big contribution from them,” Moin Khan said.
“It was a big boost to reach the final of Asia Cup. But not winning it was disappointing,” he remarked. “Our bowling and fielding was not up to the mark and that proved fatal and deeply hurt me,” former Pakistan captain said.
Clarifying, that he was satisfied with the performance of the team, he said. It means reaching the final satisfactory. But not winning the title was definitely disappointed him,” he commented.
He was not happy with the performance of bowlers during the championship. “Our bowling not up to the mark and they failed to win a single man of the match award which reflects everything,” he added.
He said strike bowler Umar Gul was unable to prove his magic. “His reverse swing and yorkers were missing,” he pointed out.
He complimented batsmen outstanding performance which he said took the team in the final.
He praised the brilliant batting show by Fawad Alam despite the fact he was staging a comeback in the team after over three years.”Fawad justified his good show in the domestic circuit to make successful comeback in the team with determined and fighting
batting,” he said.
Moin Khan said Fawad’s superb batting was good omen for Pakistan team for next year’s World Cup staged jointly in Australia and New Zealand.