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Last Update on: April 25th, 2023 at 05:23 pm

Pakistan head coach Grant Bradburn opened up about the drawn T20I side against an inexperienced New Zealand team. He said that they have a team of champions but don’t have a champion team as of yet and their prime focus is on building it.

Pakistan failed to clinch the T20I series against New Zealand after taking an early 2-0 lead in the series. The Black Caps produced some brilliant effort with both bat and ball and leveled the five-match series 2-2, with the fourth game washing out due to rain.

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In the series decider fifth T20I, Pakistan posted a total of 194 runs on the board but they failed to defend it as Mark Champman, who was Player of the Series, smashed a brilliant ton and guided his side to a 6-wicket win.

The series started with Pakistan winning the first two games by a massive margin of 88 and 38 runs. Before New Zealand staged a dominating comeback and crushed Pakistan by 4 runs in the third T20I. The visitors then displayed a stunning batting display in the 4th game that was washed away due to the rain. And when it mattered most, they stepped up and won the last game by 6 wickets to draw the series by the margin of 2-2.

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Following Pakistan’s loss, head coach Grant Bradburn said that they are looking to build a champion team and they are aware of the fact that they are not where they want to be. Speaking to local news, he said:

“We have a team of champions, we don’t have a champion team as of yet. And that’s what we’re looking to build. We’ve allowed the realisation or the acceptance from our boys, that we’re not the team where they want to be as yet, if we want to contest and win the World Cup, we want to go to number one, every format of the game, our game is going to have to lift, our players are going to have to lift [themselves].”

“As we have played over the last year, particularly in this [T20I] format, it’s got us to third in the world. It’s got us to two finals, so we are not where we want to be. And therefore, you know we are going to bring some subtle changes, some subtle demands.”

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PAK vs NZ: “We’re going to support the players with clarity,” says Pakistan head coach Grant Bradburn

Grant Bradburn further went on to say that apart from backing players they will demand them to lift their game and with Asia Cup and World Cup around the corner, they need to understand the brand of cricket they want to play. He added:

“We’re going to support the players with clarity, but we’re also going to demand them to lift themselves and get better. If we bring the game that is been successful for us over the last two or three years, we will come second and we will go backwards. We have to understand what brand of the game we need to play in Asia Cup and World Cup. And we need to adapt to that very quickly.”

After the enthralling end to the T20I series, Pakistan and New Zealand will now lock horns with each other in the five-match ODI series, which will be played from the 27th April.

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