In a virtual quarterfinal against the West Indies in Mirpur (Dhaka) on Tuesday night, Pakistan suffered their second biggest defeat in terms of runs in Twenty20 internationals to crash out of the ICC World Twenty20 championship. Pakistan were all out for a paltry 82, losing by 84 runs in a contest where the green shirts threw their wickets away with gay abandon. (Match scorecard | Match highlights)
There have always been murmurs of discontent in the Pakistan camp and the lack of conviction in an important game was all too evident as West Indies came from the dead when they batted first on a wicket that aided spin. Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez was a shattered man after the match and apologized to fans whose aspiration with ever Pakistani win in the championship.
Hafeez was confronted with several questions. He missed the support of the team's senior-most batsmen like Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal. Hafeez's relationship with the team management was yet again under the scanner, but Hafeez was diplomatic and put it down to collective failure. However, during a post-match chat on TV, Hafeez admitted his team "panicked under pressure".