Naeemul Haque declares Sarfaraz’s decision to bat first as wrong


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16 Jun, 2019 4:43 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs declared the decision of Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmad for choosing bat first against India in the World Cup match as wrong.

In his tweet, he said that Sarfaraz committed a mistake for not admitting the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said that Sarfaraz elected to field after winning the toss despite of the premier’s advice.

The special assistant also said that PM Khan has pointed out the key to today’s match between Pakistan and India is mental strength.

“As PM Imran Khan has pointed out the key to today’s match between Pakistan and India is mental strength then our decision not to bat first was not correct,” Naeemul Haque tweeted.

“Because our record in batting second and chasing a total is pretty bad….. and that is where mental strength is tested,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, In the ICC World Cup, a high voltage match between Pakistan and India is underway at Manchester.

PM gives advice to Pakistan team ahead of World Cup clash with India
Earlier today, Imran Khan and former Pakistani cricket team skipper gave his advice on Sunday to the team ahead of their high-voltage match against India. It is pertinent to mention here that Imran Khan led Pakistan to a Cricket World Cup victory in 1992.The former captain Pakistan and cricketing legend gave his suggestions in a series of messages on Twitter.

“When I started my cricketing career I assumed success was 70% talent & 30% mind. By the time I finished playing cricket I felt it was 50-50 ratio,” he said.“But now I tend to agree with my friend Gavaskar it’s 60% mental strength & 40 % talent. Today role of mind will be more than 60%.”

The former Pakistani cricket skipper continued by commending captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for his boldness.

“Today, given the intensity of the match, both teams will come under great mental pressure and the power of the mind will decide the outcome of the match today. In Sarfaraz we are fortunate to have a bold captain & today he will have to be at his daring best.”

He continued by telling the Pakistani players to remove all fears from their minds and to not be in a negative state of mind.

“All fears of losing should be banished from the mind as the mind can only process one thought at a time. Fear of losing leads to a negative & defensive strategy & crucially mistakes by opponents are not pounced upon,” he said, continuing to give three crucial suggestions to the captain.

“1. In order to have a winning offensive strategy Sarfaraz must go in with specialist batsmen and bowlers because “Raillu Kattas” rarely perform under pressure – especially the intense kind that will be generated today. “2. Unless pitch is damp, Sarfaraz must win the toss & bat.”

“3. Finally, even though India may be the favourites, banish all fear of losing. Just give your best and fight till the last ball. Then accept whatever the result like true sportsmen,” he said. He concluded his messaged by wishing luck to the team. “The nation’s prayers are with all of you. Good Luck.”


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