Head Coach Gary Kirsten Slammed the Pakistan Team for their Unity

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Head Coach Gary Kirsten Slammed the Pakistan Team for their Unity
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The Former South African Cricketer and Current Head Coach of the Pakistan National cricket team in Limited over format, Gary Kirsten criticizes the Pakistan team and their effort in the T20 World Cup 2024 following exit from Group Stage.

Pakistan faced their first defeat of the tournament at the hands of Associate nations USA after they failed to defend 159 runs and lost the game in the super over conceding 18 runs in the super over. 

They played their match against India which was one of the most awaited matches of the tournament where brilliant bowling and pitch conditions helped Pakistan to restrict India to just 119 runs in 19 overs. 

They failed to chase the target after being on 72/2 and ended up on the other side than the victory as they failed to chase and lost the game by 6 runs and got their second tournament defeat.

The match was completely in the control of the Pakistani Batter but the middle order and lower order collapse cost them the game that caused the elimination from the tournament.

Gary Kirsten became furious over the performance and expressed his disappointment following the elimination as Pakistan failed to defend 159 runs against the USA and chase 119 runs against India in the game despite heading over a comfortable win.

Gary Kirsten on Pakistan

 Gary Kirsten said, I knew 120 was not going to be an easy target. If India got only 120, it was always going to be not the easiest. But I think we had the game at 72 for 2 with six or seven overs left. Disappointing not to get across the line from the position we got ourselves into.”

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Gary Kirsten blamed the cause of the loss on the unity of the players and their fitness level and stated There’s no unity in Pakistan’s team. They call it a team, but it isn’t a team. They aren’t supporting each other; everyone is separated, left and right. I’ve worked with many teams, but I’ve never never seen such a situation,” 

Gary Kirsten believes the lack of Coordination and Unity efforts, not supporting each other was seen as a lack of proper decision-making by the skipper and their player was the main key reason behind the unpredicted loss they faced.

Pakistan got eliminated from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 from the group stage after the match between the USA and Ireland was abandoned and both teams shared the point.

After two early defeats in the tournament Pakistan needed to beat Canada and Ireland which indeed they did but had to rely on Ireland to beat the USA to get ahead on Net Run Rate However match was abandoned and the USA ended up on 5 points while Pakistan on 4 points only. 

The abandoned match resulted in the USA and India qualifying for the Super Eight stage while Canada, Ireland, and Pakistan exited from the tournament.

 The exit from the group stage of the T20 World Cup led Pakistan to face heavy criticism over the performance of the team, the fitness of the players, and also the selection of the players despite their efforts. 

What’s your opinion on Pakistan’s early exit? And What might be the reason behind the poor performance of the Player? Comments your opinion…

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