Babar defends move to play extra pacer after Zimbabwe’s defeat

Babar defends move to play extra pacer after Zimbabwe’s defeat, Captain Babar Azam defended his decision to play an extra fast bowler in Thursday’s shock World Twenty20 defeat by Zimbabwe but said the 2009 champions were not outstanding after their campaign failed on all fronts.

The inclusion of pacer Mohammad Wasim at the expense of batsman Asif Ali paid off as Zimbabwe was restricted to 130-8 after initially claiming 24-4,

But the end of the batting meant Pakistan at the Perth Stadium. Could only score 8-129 in 20 overs.

It was Pakistan’s second defeat in as many games after a heartbreaking last-ball defeat by arch-rivals,

India now has a must-win match against the winless Netherlands on Sunday to keep their slim semi-final hopes alive. is facing

“It is very difficult as a team or as a captain. We were not on target in all three departments, but we will sit down and discuss the mistakes, and then we will come back stronger,” Babar said.

Babar said he doesn’t think an extra fast bowler has weakened his middle order.

This pitch needed fast bowlers, so we had that in the plan and that’s why we had an extra fast bowler,” Babar said before urging his team to regroup quickly.

“To be honest, it’s difficult, but we have two days and we will sit down together and talk.”

Pakistan must believe in World Cup miracle: Shaan Masood

Meanwhile, batsman Shaun Masood warned that his “spirited” side must pick themselves up quickly and be confident if they are to salvage their fading World Cup dreams.

We have three games in hand, yes, we have to rely on some other results, but that’s the beauty of the game,” said Masood, who scored 44 runs before Zimbabwe took Pakistan to 129-8. made, told reporters. Perth.

“Funny things happened in the games and we’re going to believe and we’re going to give it our all in these three games.”

There is frustration, no doubt. Losing two matches by a narrow margin is very disappointing because we know the importance of every point in this group,” said Masood.

But until the tournament is over, we cannot think ahead or look ahead. What we can do now is find our mistakes and win the next three matches.

He added: “To overcome this disappointment we have to come out on the ground and play well. It’s just a good performance on Sunday that will help us feel better.”

Pakistan has relied heavily on Azam and his opening partner Mohammad Rizwan to lead the team to victory.

In a modest chase, Azam fell for 4 and Rizwan for 14, and the rest of the batting fell apart despite Masood’s 38-ball innings.

Masood said that everyone needs to contribute.

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