Inzamam advises PCB not to panic after Pakistan`s T20 WC exit

Updated: May 15, 2010, 18:03 PM IST

Karachi: Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has advised the PCB not to panic and show more maturity and consistency in its decision making after Pakistan failed to defend their Twenty20 World Cup title in the West Indies.

Inzamam felt that the cricket board should give Shahid Afridi and his men more time to adjust to the requirements of the shortest version of the game and maintains continuity in the appointment of the captain and coach for the national team.

"Shahid Afridi was leading the team for the first time in a big tournament and he needs time to learn things. There is no doubt he is still learning things but that is why I say we must maintain continuity in the captaincy and coaching staff," Inzamam said.

"If you look at the other teams they have same captains for years and our problem is that we keep on changing the skipper and coach all the time which is not allowing our team to move forward and give results according to its true potential. Give young players more time to adjust," he said.

Pakistan yesterday squandered a chance to enter their third successive Twenty20 World Cup final by losing a last-over thriller to Australia.

Michael Hussey hit a 24-ball 60 to script a dramatic runchase as Australia registered a three-wicket victory over defending champions in the semifinals to set up a summit clash with England.

Pakistan`s most capped player felt that while team`s defeat was disappointing and heart-breaking, the boys put in a spirited effort and played to their full potential.

"The sort of innings that Mike Hussey played it comes once in a lifetime and I don`t think there was anything more our bowlers could have done in that situation. So we shouldn`t be blaming anyone for the defeat," he said.

Pakistan`s former assistant coach and pace bowler, Aaqib Javed also felt that Hussey had played a magical innings.

"It was a sort of innings that you as a bowler can`t do anything to stop. I thought our bowlers bowled well. Saeed Ajmal was our best bowler throughout the tournament in the death overs but against Hussey he failed," Aaqib said.

Pakistan`s former captain and coach, Javed Miandad said the team`s performance was satisfactory and something to build on for the future.

“I would have given a thought to try someone else in the final over but the way Hussey was playing I don`t think it would have made a difference," he said.

Miandad said the team had shown good spirit in putting a great fight in the semi final.

"The main thing is we lost after a good fight and we showed competitive spirit against a top side and that is a good sign for our cricket."