Islamabad - Flamboyant
allrounder Shahid Afridi has blamed the negative approach of Pakistan's
top order batsmen for the team's heavy defeat by the West Indies and
early exit from the World Twenty20.
Pakistan returned home on
Wednesday after an 84-run defeat against the defending champions saw it
miss out on the tournament's semi-finals for the first time.
Indies effectively put the 2009 champions out of the game once it
reduced them to 13-4 in 5.3 overs, while chasing 167, and will take on
Sri Lanka in the first semifinal on Thursday.
"We lost the match
because of our negative approach in the first six overs," Afridi told
reporters at the airport in the southern port city of Karachi.
looked to have contained West Indies until the 17th over by reducing
them to 107-5 before captain Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo clobbered 59
runs in the last three overs of Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Sohail Tanvir —
lifting the total to 166-6.
"It wasn't such a big total which
couldn't be achieved — but the game slipped out of our hands in the
first six overs of our batting," Afridi said.
Pakistan also lost to archrival India in the group match while its two victories came against Australia and Bangladesh.
selectors recalled Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik for the World
Twenty20. Though both are experienced players, neither could make an
impact — scoring just 48 and 52 runs respectively in four matches.
Afridi's performance was slightly better as he made 68 runs and took four wickets.
coach Moin Khan, who took over from Dav Whatmore just before the Asia
Cup in late February, said the cricket board needed to take some "tough
decisions" after doing a post mortem on the team's performance.
next international assignment is in October when it takes on Australia
in a one-off Twenty20, three one-day internationals and two test matches
in the United Arab Emirates.
Asked if he was willing to take over
as captain of the ODI and Twenty20 teams, Afridi said: "I am ready to
accept any challenge for the Pakistan team. As a player and as a captain
I have no issues, but things should improve."