Asia Cup 2016: Pakistan can make amends for defeat to India in the final, says chief selector Rashid

hidden, Feb, 29 2016
Asia Cup 2016: Pakistan can make amends for defeat to India in the final, says chief selector Rashid

Karachi: Pakistan's chief selector Haroon Rasheed has had a pep talk with the national team members and is confident that they can still qualify for the final in the ongoing Asia Cup.

"I wouldn't rule out Pakistan despite the loss to India. We have a good strong side and our bowling is our strength. I spoke to the players and I have tried my best to encourage them and raise their morale," Rasheed told PTI.

"I told them they have the capability of winning their remaining matches in the Asia Cup and setting up another encounter with India in the final where they can make amends for the defeat in the group match," he said.

"The prospect of playing India again in the Asia Cup should spur our players on to improve their performances in the tournament," he said.

PCB Chief Selector Haroon Rashid thinks Pakistan can make it to the final and upset India. AFP

He said the players were disappointed and downcast after the manner in which they lost a low scoring match to India.

"But they realize they batted very poorly and they need to play according to the conditions."

The chief selector, also a former Test player, said the selectors had picked the best possible squad for the Asia Cup and World T20 that will follow in India.

"I think Muhammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi as the senior most players in the side need to lead by example and they must perform and the rest of the players will then also chip in."

Haroon made it clear that Pakistani selectors were seriously thinking about the post World T20 scenario and if the team didn't do well in both events some wholesome changes would be on the cards.

"Our policy is clear anyone who doesn't perform including the captain will have to make way for others."

Pakistan has to win its remaining matches against UAE, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to qualify for the final and set up
another possible clash with India.

Haroon also said the selectors in the past few months had done their best to give the domestic cricket performers chances but none had capitalised on them.

PTI

Published Date: Feb 29, 2016 | Updated Date: Feb 29, 2016


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115