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Other teams were better prepared, admits Babar Azam

July 9, 2019
Other teams were better prepared, admits Babar Azam

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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam admits other teams were better prepared for the World Cup than the Men in Green.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t perform well in the first match because of that,” he said while addressing the media on Tuesday.

The star batsman was happy with his side’s performance against the hosts though. “England are one of the top-ranked teams,” he added.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq, who was also present at the press conference, said the matches were tough but felt the batsmen performed well.

“Ups and downs are a part of cricket,” he remarked, adding that sometimes you just don’t get the desired results even if you work really hard for them.

Imam knows, however, that there is room for improvement after he struggled for most of the tournament before scoring a century in the dead-rubber clash against Bangladesh.

“I try to set higher goals to perform better and deal with the challenges,” said Imam.

He said he has learned a lot in the field and tries to stay positive despite the criticism he faces.

 
 
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    Non Resident Pakistani   July 10, 2019 12:31 am/ Reply

    Ha Ha Ha, what a statement!, Shame on you, How dare you think you can give such statement and think you can come out clean as if this is business as usual. Same player when playing for PCL or county cricket out perform, but who cares about playing for Pakistan and representing the team in WC. A formal investigation should be launched against the team and the management to determine the short comings, specially, after the news that the team was enjoying shesha before an important match. Who know what else they were up to when they were out there. There should be a repercussion of such act of irresponsible act. Come tomorrow they will be caught drinking or night clubbing and after loosing they will provide the same statement “we couldn’t perform well”. As for bragging about beating the host team, they probably didn’t go out parting before the match as they know the have been spotted once and will not get away the second time or it will make their intention quiet obvious that they are not interested which way the match will go “Ups and downs are a part of cricket”, so they say. I am also very suspicious of the the statement “I try to set higher goals to perform better and deal with the challenges,” makes me wonder next time they will be enjoying something bigger and better and take SHESHA to the next level and mix it up with drinks and drugs. I demand full investigation to be launched and ones should be put on the culprits and they should be disqualified from playing any more cricket. I like what one of the reader commented on the story, “once you put on that green outfit and represent Pakistan, you go beyond personal and everything is national”. You are representative of millions upon millions of people and that is why you deserve to be questioned and held accountable.

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