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Mohammad Hafeez apologises to fans after Pakistan crash out of ICC World T20 2014

Mohammad Hafeez admitted that the team needs to regroup with a break of two months ahead © AFP
Mohammad Hafeez admitted that the team needs to regroup with a break of two months ahead © AFP

Mirpur: Apr 1, 2014

Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez apologised to the fans for not showing enough stomach for fight against the West Indies as they crashed to a huge 84-run defeat to make an exit from the ICC World Twenty20 on Tuesday. It is first time that Pakistan have not made it to the last-four stage of the tournament since its inception in 2007.

Hafeez said this was not the best of performance from Pakistan as they were all out for a paltry 82, chasing 167 to qualify for the semifinals.

“Today we did not play well. We were a little bit panicky early in the chase. Not the best of display. I want to thank fans for supporting us and as a team we want to say sorry. This is part of the game and Inshallah we will come back hard,” Hafeez said after the defeat.

He said everything changed in the last four overs of the West Indies innings and when Dwyane Bravo and skipper Darren Sammy went berserk.

“We didn’t play well in the final four overs, credit to West Indies. Sammy and Bravo finished well for them. In the first 16 overs we bowled very well, but they got the momentum in the final four overs. They took the game away from us,” Hafeez said.

West Indies skipper Sammy said they knew Pakistan were struggling while chasing totals, so all they wanted was a decent total on the board. “Australia was a pumped-up West Indies, today was a more focussed West Indies. They (Pakistan) haven’t chased very well. We were looking for 160, we had the momentum going into the dressing room at the break,” he said.

Talking about his own batting, Sammy said,”It’s about backing yourself, I have worked a lot with the batting coach, it is just about being confident, I’m trying to do whatever is necessary to get the team over the line.”

Man-of-the-match Bravo said “he did not expect such an easy win. We have a bowling line-up that can defend any total. Pakistan had our batting in a bit of a bother, but we bat deep,” he said. Asked who would have been his choice for the MoM award, Bravo said,”I would have tied with myself, Sammy and Badree.”

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Oct 21, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

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Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

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Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

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