Pak must regain confidence to progress in T20 WC: Tanvir
Islamabad: Pakistan left-arm speedster Sohail Tanveer believes that the hammering that the team has received in the last two games in the ICC T20 World Champions is due to the low confidence level of players.
Tanvir, who was part of Pakistan’s winning T20 squad last year but was overlooked this time around, said there is no dearth of talent in the team, its just that the confidence level of the team is a bit low at the moment.
“The ability is there, it’s just a case of the confidence returning and then everything will fall into place. Last year in England we were the same, our confidence was low at the start of the competition and our victory against New Zealand at the Oval really boosted our confidence,” Tanvir told a Pakistani website.
Describing Saturday’s encounter against New Zealand as a “do or die” match for Pakistan, he said the defending champions can still make it to the semi-finals of the coveted tournament.
“If Pakistan beat New Zealand, then I firmly believe that they can go and beat South Africa and reach the semi finals. Obviously the semi final becomes a one off game and in that situation I fancy Pakistan’s chances against anyone,” Tanvir said.
He also pointed out that Pakistan is sorely missing players like all rounder Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Umar Gul in the West Indies.
“Gul and Malik are very good T20 players and of course they are difficult to replace. You can bring in squad several players, but when players that are in your first eleven are missing, that makes things very difficult,” said Tanvir.