Karachi, Sep. 27: Pakistan cricket captain Mohammad Hafeez has said his misfiring pacers are a concern ahead of the Super Eights in the Twenty20 World Cup, where teams can capitalise on the weakness.
Pakistan thumped Bangladesh by eight wickets in Pallekele, but they head into the next round with a question mark on their pace bowlers, with experienced Umar Gul conceding 43 off his three overs and Sohail Tanvir going for 25 in his three.
“Yes, there is a bit of concern as a captain. Our fast-bowlers are not producing in the manner they can. We expect the Colombo pitch to turn a bit more, these pitches were slightly different,” The Express Tribune quoted Hafeez, as saying.
Gul, joint second wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals with teammate Shahid Afridi, went for 39 in his three overs during Pakistan’s 13-run win over New Zealand in the first game. Hafeez, though, believed Gul will stage a comeback quickly.
“Gul is a good bowler and has bowled well in limited overs cricket, so I hope he will improve in the next matches. We know that every team can beat anyone else in T20. We aren’t going to relax even a little bit. We know we have to work hard,” Hafeez said.
“The best thing is that whatever role we assign to players they’re putting in maximum effort to do the job. All 15 in our squad are match-winners and this team is united in trying to do the best for Pakistan,” he added. (ANI)