Head coach Cheema sheds light on Pakistan Shaheens’ tour of Zimbabwe

He believes that the visitors failed to capitalise during the crucial moments

By Web Desk
May 28, 2023
Aizaz Cheema is a former Pakistan pacer — PCB

Pakistan Shaheens’ Head Coach Aizaz Cheema has opened up about his side’s performance during the recently-concluded tour of Zimbabwe.

Pakistan won the two four-day matches against the home side but suffered a 4-2 defeat in the one-day series during the tour.

“I am extremely proud of the young players in the Pakistan Shaheens team who showcased their skills and potential during the tour. In the two four-dayers, players like Mehran Mumtaz, Omair Bin Yousuf, Mohammad Huraira, and Haseebullah displayed exceptional performances, contributing significantly to our victories. It was a great testament to their talent and dedication to the game,” Cheema was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday. 

The former Pakistan pacer believes that the Shaheens failed to capitalise during the crucial moments, which led to defeat in the limited-overs series.

“I am disappointed with our performance in the six-match 50-over series against Zimbabwe Select, where we lost 4-2. As a team, we couldn't perform to our full potential and failed to capitalise on the opportunities presented to us. Had we seized those chances, the outcome could have been different. It was a missed opportunity, and we will work on rectifying our mistakes and improving our team cohesion,” he said.

Cheema also lauded the players who impressed during the series while also hoping that the Shaheens would put up a better show during their future assignments.

“I must acknowledge the impressive performance of our fast bowlers, who consistently picked up wickets during the 50-over series. Their contributions were instrumental in keeping us in the game and putting pressure on the opposition,” he said.

“In the batting department, Omair Bin Yousuf, Mubasir Khan, and Qasim Akram stood out with their run-scoring abilities, showcasing their potential for the future.

“We will analyse our performances, identify areas for improvement, and work tirelessly to strengthen our team's performance. The Zimbabwe tour has provided valuable lessons and experiences for our young players, and we will use these as stepping stones towards future success. Pakistan Shaheens team is determined to bounce back stronger and continue to develop and groom talented players for the senior national side.”