Pak coaches must not allow pressure on them to affect team performance: Latif

Following two consecutive losses against Australia and England in the on going World T20 Championship in the West Indies, former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif has advised incumbent coaches Waqar Younis and Ijaz Ahmed not to let pressure on them affect the team strategy.

Latif pointed out that during the match against Australia, both Waqar and Ijaz looked under immense pressure, which had an adverse effect on team’s performance as well.

“World Twenty20 is a tough event and absorbing pressure in tough games by players and coaches is vital. Positivity of coaches is very important because it will send a good message to the players,” The Dawn quoted Latif, as saying.

He said Pakistan should not let the defeats affect their performance in the coming matches of the coveted tournament.

“It’s not the end of the world,” Latif said.

He pointed out that Pakistani bowlers, especially the pacers, failed to vary their speed and length, which resulted in them being thrashed by opponent teams’ batsmen.

“Our bowlers failed to bowl with variations when they came under pressure. Sami received thrashing because he did not vary his pace and bowled short which allowed the Australian batsmen to punish him,” Latif said.

Pakistan was comprehensively beaten by Australia by 34 runs in the last of their group matches. The defending World T20 Champions suffered another humiliating six-wicket defeat at the hands of England in the first match of the Super Eight Stage of the tournament on Thursday. (ANI)

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