Former Pakistan all-rounder and ex-bowling coach Azhar Mahmood on Saturday said that poor fielding on Pakistan’s part could be their “downfall” against arch-rivals India during their high-octane clash in the T20 World Cup.
“A catch dropped at a crucial point, or a run out missed when needed most could bring [about their] downfall of Pakistan not just against India but any other side,” he wrote in a blog for pakpasion.net.
He said the team also needed to focus on not giving away extras because in T20 cricket, the margin of runs is so thin that these slip-ups end up costing teams a great deal.
“Being lax in the field and giving away unnecessary runs are two areas that Pakistan will need to control and work hard upon.
I am confident that our youngsters such as Haider Ali and Shadab Khan will be able to contribute and put in good fielding performances which will make this team successful,” he added.
‘We seem to be heading in the right direction’ Mahmood expressed optimism about the role PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja was playing at the helm of affairs in the cricket board, adding that “we seem to be heading in the right direction”.
“His plans and emphasis on improving infrastructure, cricket at the grassroots, as well as the revival of club cricket were all very heartening to hear.
If he is able to implement all that he spoke and promised about then that can only improve Pakistan cricket,” he added.—Agencies