DUBAI: Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed called the loss against India as a wakeup call before the main round of the ongoing Asia Cup tournament.
In a one-sided contest, Rohit Sharma-led India outclassed Pakistan by eight wickets in their chase of 162 runs.
“We didn’t have a good start. Lost two wickets in the first five overs. Then regular wickets then meant we couldn’t come back into the game,” said the Pakistan skipper while speaking in the post-match ceremony.
You can say we batted poorly. The wickets were soft dismissals, except Babar’s, he added.
The skipper said that the team prepared for the two main spinners, but got out to the part-time Jadhav.
“This is a good wake-up call before the super fours,” he said.
Sarfraz slams Asia Cup re-scheduling
Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, hasn’t taken the Asia Cup scheduling too kindly, given it will leave his team travelling back and forth from Abu Dhabi to Dubai for the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup.
This will also be the case for Afghanistan and Bangladesh, while India have been exempted from the 90-minute trip.
“If you talk about the pool, India remain here even if they lose,” Sarfraz said. “Travelling is an issue. If you travel for one-and-a-half hour during matches, then it’s tough. In this weather, it is tough because after one day you play another game. I think it should be even for all the teams, whether it’s India or Pakistan. If there are matches in Abu Dhabi, then every team has to play there. I don’t know what the Asian Cricket Council has done about it.”
As per the rules, the team that finishes second in Group A will play their first Super Four game in Abu Dhabi. However, a late tweak has been made by the organisers to ensure India will continue to be based in Dubai, irrespective of where they finish in the pool.
In an unprecedented move, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Tuesday tweaked its already announced schedule of the ongoing Asia Cup — apparently to please India, the host of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both Pakistan and India have already qualified for the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup and will meet again in Dubai on Sunday.
Once Pakistan´s unpredictable batting crumbled, Wednesday´s match turned into a damp squib for a near-capacity crowd comprising of Indian and Pakistani expats living in the United Arab Emirates.