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Waqar Younis calls for serious analysis after eye-opening defeat

Waqar Younis calls for serious analysis after eye-opening defeat
Pakistan have dropped to sixth place in the ICC Twenty20 rankings after 3-0 defeat to England in the T20I series.
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Pakistan coach Waqar Younis termed his team's 3-0 defeat in the Twenty20 International series against England as an "eye opener" and has called for a deep introspection into the performance.

Having started the series on a positive note with a 2-0 win against England in the Test matches Pakistan succumbed to successive losses in the One-Day International and the T20I campaigns.

In the third T20I against England, Pakistan were well placed to claim a victory when 18 runs were needed from the last two overs.

England came back into the game dramatically and ultimately claimed the victory with a superior performance in the one-over eliminator.

Crediting England for outplaying Pakistan, Younis saw a gulf of difference in the quality of cricket displayed by the two teams.

"I think it's a big eye opener.

"We have seen a lot of things which were not obvious before and there was an obvious difference between the two teams.

"Our performance has been very ordinary and very poor and needs serious analysis.

"England were younger than us and fitter and I think that made the difference.

“Credit to them for bouncing back after losing the Test series.

"Twenty20 is fast cricket and that's why we couldn't match them.” 

Pakistan were not helped by the poor show of their main players like Umar Akmal, Mohamad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad.

Reasoning that the players have had ample opportunities to prove themselves in T20Is, Younis felt that the selectors had a tough choice ahead of them.

"I don't know, I don’t have the answer why they are not performing.

"They are not young like 18 or 19 and as far as the opportunities are concerned everyone, selectors and cricket board, know they get the most opportunities so I think selectors will have to think.

"Don't know about saying goodbye to them, it's not my job to say goodbye but selectors would have been watching so they must have assessed the performance and fitness and they would be considering that." 

Citing the run outs of Umar Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez in the series, the 44-year-old believes that the Pakistan players have to perform better in pressure situations. 

"To be very honest run outs are a huge problem.

"The manner in which they got run out is a schoolboy error, it's not that you are playing new players, these players are seasoned and that's not on, to be honest.

"Individuals have to think, are they worried about getting out?

“It's a worrying sign and if individuals come under pressure like this then it’s not good for them as well as for the team.

"It's an important part to have fitness camps back home and the national cricket academy has got to start rolling and these guys should be launched there to get fit.” 

Pakistan will travel to New Zealand in January 2016 to play three T20Is and three ODIs ahead of the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20.

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