Mohsin still recovering from ODI, T20 series loss against Eng

Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 22:26

Lahore: Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan is still not able to fathom the reasons for his team`s disappointing show against England in the ODI and T20 fixtures and has dropped hints that something fishy might have gone on in the series played recently in the UAE.

In his various interviews to Pakistani television channels and websites, the former Test player has maintained that he is still not able to understand what led to the team`s sudden drop in form after winning the Test series 3-0.

Mohsin told the Pakpassion.net website that it was beyond his imagination after the Test series whitewash how badly things went.

"I still cannot believe what went wrong during those matches. The spirit, the body language, the killer instinct, it all just disappeared in a matter of a few days. It was the same venues, almost the same group of players, almost the same opposition. The same team that was flying high a few days earlier, was just so deflated," said Mohsin.

"When we lost the first ODI, I thought it happens and put it down to the players adjusting to the format and the strength of the opposition. That first defeat was, in my view, a good wakeup call and I thought we would bounce back, but then things just got worse," he added.

Mohsin said he actually thought Pakistan had a stronger combination in the shorter formats than in the Test series compared to England.

"After each defeat against England I was just getting more and more depressed as I could not understand why the body language and performances were so poor in the one day internationals and the Twenty20 matches," he said.

When asked if he was surprised at the way the team performed in the ODI and T20s, Mohsin said, "The people who understand the game of cricket and were watching what was happening can judge it for themselves. They probably know!"

The former coach also admitted that it was difficult for him to focus on his job with stories coming in everyday about the PCB planning to appoint a new coach.

"It was a very difficult time. First of all you are up against the number one team and then during the Test series all the stories regarding the new coach started to come out. We of course all had access to the Pakistani television channels in our hotel rooms and it was very disturbing in the sense that it was killing the joy of winning against the number one team.

"It wasn`t like that just for me, it was like that for the whole unit, all 25 people, the support staff, players and management," said Mohsin.

"We had a great atmosphere between all of us and we were all very close and these stories were not helping in any way at all. It was not heartening at all," he added.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 22:26

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