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This is what Grant Bradburn said about Pakistan team

This is what Grant Bradburn said about Pakistan team

This is what Grant Bradburn said about Pakistan team

Grant Bradburn

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  • Grant Bradburn admits that the team is not the best in the world yet.
  • Pakistan’s fate now hangs on other match results.
  • The team is currently sixth in the points table.
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Grant Bradburn, the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, offered a realistic assessment of the squad and acknowledged that the Green Shirts are still a long way from being the greatest in the world.

Pakistan’s campaign currently hinges on the outcomes of other teams in addition to their own play, having lost four of their six matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup in India.

The Babar Azam-led team was considered the favorites to finish in the top four spots in the tournament, as they were the ICC’s top-ranked ODI team before to the event.

Nevertheless, Bradburn believes that “skewed” rankings may not be an accurate reflection of the team because the recent performance does not match what the team’s rankings may have suggested.

When questioned about Pakistan’s standing as the tournament favorite, Bradburn said that the team’s top position may have been deceiving because they haven’t played against many high-ranked teams for a variety of reasons.

“I’m not sure where you get favourites from because there are 10 teams in this tournament, there’s 150 cricketers who are the best on the planet and in terms of the ICC rankings, we know they are skewed because we don’t get to play India, we don’t get to play a lot of the top nations who haven’t been to Pakistan of late,” Bradburn said.

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“We were number five in April, we became number one recently before the tournament, and that might be where you term the phrase favorites. But we’re realistic. We have not been the best in the world as yet, so which highlights where we are in this tournament right now. We have no divine right to beat anyone in this tournament. We have to play quality cricket, and we have to put all three departments of our game together. We are desperate to bring joy to our nation.” he added.

“We are desperate to make our nation very proud of this cricket team. And we are also realistic in the knowledge that we haven’t put all departments of our game together over the last four games but four losses does not define who we are as players, as coaches or a team, So we’re determined now to focus on what we can control and that is putting our best on the park in these last three games and then leaving that to fate as — to determine the remainder of the tournament for Pakistan.”

Bradburn lamented not being in charge of their own fate and remarked, “We wanted to be in control,” in response to a question concerning the team’s dependence on other outcomes going their way. We’re not, and that’s the truth we’ve had to deal with. It has wounded the group immensely and caused a great deal of sadness in recent times.”

He emphasized the team’s will to concentrate on what they can control and give their best effort in the remaining games in spite of the difficulties.

Bradburn stated that the players are still dedicated to cheering on their country and that the atmosphere at the camp is great in answering inquiries concerning the team’s confidence and morale. He said they haven’t always lived up to the high standards set for them, but they are determined to change.

“We’re satisfied in the fact that we’re prepared meticulously well for each and every game. But we’re also realistic in the knowledge that we haven’t put all departments of our game together and that hurts us because we haven’t quite met the high expectations that we have of ourselves let alone our fans,”

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“At times during this tournament, you know Sri Lanka was another good example of chasing down a record score. At times we have provided that joy and that hope and that proud cricket team that our fans want to see playing, a brand that makes them proud. But we haven’t put that together consistently enough and we’re determined to do so,” he said.

“We’ve had a skills meeting this morning and part of our skills meeting is that we reflect on the good and bad. And part of the admission for us is that we didn’t have our batsmen going quite deep enough in that innings, and we probably left 20 to 30 runs out in the middle. And certainly, 310 to 315, I think, in that game would have been sufficient to bring that game to a W [win] for Pakistan.”

“The one area that is key for us, we try and have one of our top four batters going through into the 40th over, we didn’t do that and we have consistently I guess throughout our batting performance, when we were dominating the first two games, we had batters going through into that later phase and putting big scores on the board over the last four games. We’ve had batters that have gotten and haven’t gone on. Those are some of the basics of the cricket that you all know so well that are vitally important for us too,” he said.

“We’ve got faith in our lineup and our players. And we certainly look at every performance, whether it’s a win or a loss, good and bad. We critique every performance. And we try and grab the learnings and keep growing and continually improve – that’s our mantra. And while it was bitterly disappointing not to get over the line against South Africa, we thought we’d done enough to get over the line, we didn’t.”

“I’m pleased to say that we arrive at training today after a very good skills meeting this morning with a real determination to grow from that performance. We don’t want to dwell too much on the past, we’re very much looking forward. We know Bangladesh very well. We’ve played them in the Asia Cup. We’ve played them before. As I said, this is a new venue for us. But we’ve done our homework, and we’re very much looking forward to putting our best on the park over these next three games,” he concluded.

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