Kirsten Identifies Key Fixes to Revive Pakistan’s T20 Hopes

Kirsten Identifies Key Fixes to Revive Pakistan’s T20 Hopes – Pakistan’s T20 World Cup campaign is hanging by a thread after two consecutive narrow losses. Coach Gary Kirsten has highlighted critical areas needing improvement to revive the team’s aspirations.

Twice now, Pakistan has seen victory slip through their fingers. The first loss came in a dramatic Super Over, followed by another defeat where they fell short chasing a manageable total.

Kirsten’s team could have been two wins up, possibly securing a spot in the second round. Instead, Pakistan’s tournament hopes are dwindling due to small yet significant mistakes.

Reflecting on a disappointing six-run defeat to India in New York, Kirsten said, “We let it slip at the end. With a run-a-ball required and eight wickets in hand, we made poor decisions. At 76/2 with six or seven overs left, we should have crossed the line.”

The coaching staff is set to address these issues ahead of their crucial match against Canada in New York on June 12. To have any chance of progressing, Pakistan must win their remaining Group A matches and hope for favorable results from other games.

Kirsten acknowledged, “We probably gave away 10 or 15 runs at the end that we shouldn’t have. These small details can make a massive difference. We had control for 35 of the 40 overs.”

Challenging his players, Kirsten emphasized the need for individual accountability. “These guys are experienced international players. They know there’s pressure when they’re not at their best. It’s up to them to improve and take their games forward.”

Pakistan will need favorable results from the matches between India and USA, the two teams that have beaten them. However, their primary focus is to secure wins against Canada on June 12 and Ireland on June 17.

“We still have a chance in the tournament. We’re hopeful that things can play into our hands. We need to play much better cricket,” Kirsten concluded.

By focusing on eliminating minor errors and making strategic decisions, Pakistan aims to turn their fortunes around and keep their T20 World Cup dreams alive.