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Kirsten flays Pakistan players for lack of unity after T20 WC debacle, Bhajji tells him to return as India coach (Ld)


Lahore, June 17 (IANS) Head coach Gary Kirsten has lambasted the Pakistan men’s national team players following their unceremonious exit from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the group stage, pulling up the players for lack of unity and some basic skills. While Kirsten pulled up the players after their final league match in the T20 World Cup, former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh told his former coach to return to India and take over from Rahul Dravid.”There’s no unity in Pakistan’s team. They call it a team, but it isn’t a team. They aren’t supporting each other; everyone is separated, left and right. I’ve worked with many teams, but I’ve never seen such a situation,” Kirsten reportedly told the players after Pakistan’s final league match in the T20 World Cup against Ireland.According to reports in Pakistan media, Kirsten picked on each player in the squad and cited a lack of unity in the team as the main reason for their failure to reach the Super Eight stage.Pakistan were stunned by debutants the United States in one of the biggest upsets in the T20 World Cup and then went down to arch-rivals India despite bowling them out for a paltry score.According to a report in Geo Super News, Kirsten was also appalled to see how the players were way behind in terms of skills and fitness. He also questioned the shot selection of batters and told the players, ‘No one knows which shot to play when’ and dished out a warning for the future.”Players who improve in these areas will be included in the team; otherwise, they will be dropped,” the Geo Super News report claimed Kirsten told the players.The 56-year-old Kirsten, a former India coach, had taken over the Pakistan white-ball team just before the T20 World Cup while former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie will coach the red-ball team. Kirsten joined the Pakistan team during the series with England after completing his stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.But in the few days he was with the team, Kirsten was appalled by the disunity among the players. Pakistan media had earlier reported that there were three camps in the squad, one led by captain Babar Azam, the other supporting Mohammad Rizwan, who was unhappy about not being considered for captaincy, and the third led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is reportedly irked by lack of support from Pakistan

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