Coach blames captain, senior players for dismal World Cup performance

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Pakistan Women's Cricket Team
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan women cricket team coach Sabih Azhar has held skipper Sana Mir and senior players responsible for team’s dismal show in the ICC Women’s World Cup.

A source in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told APP on Wednesday that in the report submitted by the coach he had blamed Sana for adopting negative approach and of being completely self-obsessed.

Meanwhile according to the report published by a prominent cricket website ESPNcricinfo the coach had complained that Ayesha Ashar, the long-time team manager, paid most of her attention to senior players Mir, Javeria Khan and Nain Abidi, and was “cold” towards the younger players.

“My humble view is if the set of these four – three players and manager – continue with the national team, there is absolutely no chance of players’ growth in the team,” Azhar wrote.

“Juniors need confidence of the seniors, but if they are always criticised and face negative remarks, it would shake their confidence very badly and we should forget growth of women’s cricket in Pakistan.”

“The captain was so much negative in her approach that she inculcated fear among other team members during team meetings on number of occasions. She used to praise opponent players a lot instead of backing her own players to do well. Eventually, the captain’s negative approach did damage the confidence of our batters and bowlers and they couldn’t play their natural game during matches.

Azhar wrote that Pakistan’s pre-tournament preparation – a 30- day training camp in Abbottabad and a 15-day training camp in Leicester – left him feeling confident.

“We could have won our opening league match against South Africa before losing narrowly because the girls couldn’t handle the pressure at crucial moments. In the second match against England, our bowlers gave too many runs – 377 – and the match was over before our batters went in.

“Against Sri Lanka and the West Indies, our team once again couldn’t give the finishing touches and lost both games. Overall, I believe we could have won at least three league matches – against South Africa, India and Sri Lanka – but the team lacked finishing approach at crucial junctures which cost us the games.”  – APP

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Story first published: 2nd August 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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