ISLAMABAD: Former captain of Pakistan cricket team Inzamam ul Haq has said that countrymen need to learn to accept that defeats are part of the games.
Imran Khan’s inexperienced “Cornered Tigers” had won the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992, but the Pakistan side in 1999 had more experience and, more importantly, we all went to England with the tags of `in form’ bowlers and batsmen, Inzamam ul Haq said while talking about the 1999 campaign when Pakistan finished runners-up.
“One bad day on the field or playing on a tricky wicket could result in defeat and it would abruptly end all your hopes of moving forward in big tournaments under such formats. It was not fair for teams that prepared for four years ahead of the World Cup, for their dreams to be shattered with one bad result,” former captain was quoted as saying by icc-cricket.com on Friday.
It’s hard to give logic as to why we haven’t defeated India in any World Cup match. I still don’t know what goes wrong with us against them in a World Cup, but sometimes it’s hard to give any explanation. I hope next month Pakistan finishes on the right side of the result, Inzamam said.
“There is no acceptance of defeat, something that needs to change and change quickly before we keep shooting ourselves in the foot. As soon as there is a bad result, knives are out, which puts the Pakistan Cricket Board under tremendous pressure. I don’t think any professional player can live and perform under this level of fear,” he added.
“We, as a nation, need to learn and start accepting defeats as this is also part of the game. In school, one of my favorite poems was `Try Again’ by William Hickson. I suggest people to read this,” he concluded.