Birmingham: He might be disappointed after a disastrous Champions Trophy campaign, which ended with a loss to arch-rivals India, but Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore insisted that the debacle does not make his team a bad one.
     
"This series didn't go well for us, but not all series will go well for you. The preparation was good but we made mistakes," Pakistan's chief coach said.
     
Speaking to reporters after the eight-wicket defeat against India at Edgbaston, Whatmore pointed out the first defeat against the West Indies hurt Pakistan.
     
"We did well in the practice matches and knew the conditions well at The Oval but we failed to take advantage," Whatmore said.  Pakistan lost a low-scoring game against the Caribbeans by two wickets.
     
"Whether we were chasing or setting up a target, we could not score the runs. We lost wickets in clusters and in a short tournament like this, could not read the wickets well enough," Whatmore explained.
     
Stating that the young bowlers did a good job and the fielding was gradually improving, Whatmore held his batsmen responsible for the Champions Trophy defeats.

(Agencies)

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