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Pakistan team’s skills lagging behind world standards, says Kirsten

Pakistan head coach Gary Kirsten has emphasised that only players who prioritise unity, focus on fitness, and enhance their skill set will be part of the team moving forward.

Kirsten, during a discussion with the Pakistan team following their exit from the T20 World Cup 2024, voiced concerns over the players’ fitness levels, stating they are not up to standard, according to sources privy to the development.

Kirsten also highlighted that the team’s skill level is significantly lagging behind compared to the rest of the world. “Despite playing so much cricket, no one knows which shot to play and when,” Kirsten said.

The former South African cricketer remarked that since his tenure began, he has observed a lack of unity within the team. Kirsten mentioned that the players do not support each other and noted that he hasn’t seen a situation like this before, despite working with many teams around the world.

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Kirsten made it clear that only players who improve on these aspects will remain in the team, while those who do not will be excluded.

Pakistan secured a three-wicket victory over Ireland in their final match of the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, on Sunday.

However, Pakistan’s shocking defeat to the US and loss to India resulted in their elimination from the event before the Super 8 stage. The victory against Ireland ensured Pakistan finished third in Group A, with two wins from four games.

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