Dubai - Pakistan's bowling coach Mushtaq
Ahmed on Saturday blamed poor fielding and lack of fitness for his team's
Twenty20 series loss against England as he warned they needed huge improvement
before next year's World Twenty20.
Pakistan went down by three runs in a last
over thriller in Dubai on Friday, handing England an unassailable 2-0 lead with
the final match in Sharjah on Monday.
England survived Shahid Afridi's blistering
eight-ball 24 to defend a 173-run target.
Mushtaq, a former leg-spinner, said modern
cricket requires fitness and better fielding which Pakistan need to improve
before next year's World Twenty20 in India.
"The modern cricket and it's protocols
have changed. We were sitting at number two in Twenty20 because we have skilled
players but maybe we are lacking in fitness and fielding and if you analyse
then it's a fitness game," said Mushtaq.
"The team management has to take
responsibility. You have to face the reality that you have to raise your game and
as coach we have to lift the performance.
"If a player is not fit but is skilful
then in today's game you need fitness more and if after taking double runs
twice and you can't hit a boundary off a bad ball then it's a problem."
If Pakistan lose the series 2-1 then they
will join the West Indies and Australia in a three-way battle for second
position behind Sri Lanka in the rankings on 118 points.
However, when the ratings are calculated
beyond the decimal point, then Pakistan will be ranked fourth.
If England win the series 3-0, then they
will jump to fourth position on 117 points, while Pakistan will drop to sixth
Mushtaq, however, blamed the poor system of
domestic cricket in Pakistan.
"I think we try to teach them and give
them full information but it goes down to the system, it's a matter of our
system which needs to be looked at.
"If someone gets to know in
international cricket in which hand one should hold the bat and that you don't
have to look at the ball but at your partner when you take a run, then it's
quite a worrying thing.
"So we are doing our effort and the
sooner we do this effort it's better for the Pakistan team."