Saqlain Mushtaq “Satisfied” with Team’s Performance after Multan Test:
After a defeat in the 2nd Test against England, fans lashed criticism at Pakistan but head coach Saqlain Mushtaq thought otherwise. Pakistan’s head coach said that he is satisfied with the team’s performance in Multan Test.
The 2nd Test of the 3 match series was played in Multan in which Pakistan fell short by just 26 runs. Speaking to media, Head Coach Saqlain Mushtaq stated that England have experienced players while Pakistani Test Squad is relatively new and inexperienced. Saqlain expressed satisfaction on Pakistan’s performance and said that he wants to win the Final Test to give England a strong reply.
Moreover, the head coach also applauded Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz and Imam-ul-Haq. “Saud and Nawaz must be praised for their effort. Imam also batted well after returning from hospital”, Saqlain added. Speaking regarding the controversial catch of Saud Shakeel, Saqlain said that umpire’s decision is final and we have to move on.
Moreover, Saqlain was confident on Mohammad Rizwan as well. Rizwan has failed to get much runs. In his last 9 innings in red ball cricket, he has not got a single fifty. Saqlain however seemed quite confident with Rizwan. “Rizwan is super fit and he will score runs. I’ve faith in him and I hope he scores runs in the upcoming games”, Saqlain stated. Speaking about the Karachi Test, the Pakistani head coach was quite confident that the track will still be spin friendly at National Stadium Karachi. He wished that Pakistani Players would learn and don’t repeat the same mistakes in the final Test.
Pakistan have lost the series already and they will have nothing to lose in the final Test. This was Pakistan’s 3rd consecutive test defeat at home. Its the first time since 1956 that Pakistan have suffered three consecutive test defeats at home. This is indeed an embarrassing and unwanted record that Babar Azam has got and he will be under immense pressure in the final Test as Pakistan need to avoid whitewash.