The Pakistan A team coach, Rashid Khan showered praise on his team members on Saturday and described them as a complete unit as they greatly lifted themselves to beat India in the EurAsia Series final in Abu Dhabi.
â€œI think the players really picked up their game dramatically. Their body language was completely different and they were charged up to play in a final against India. It showed in their performance,â€ former Test player Rashid Khan said.
The Pakistan A team returns home today after handing out the strong Indian A team, their only defeat of the tournament.
Pakistan pocketed the winnerâ€™s purse of $25,000, the man-of-the-series and man-of-the-match awards of $3000 and $1500 respectively. India had beaten Pakistan earlier in a group match of the six-nation tournament.
â€œI told them before the final that they just needed to play one good day of cricket to bring joy for their supporters. I also told them that it didnâ€™t matter whether we win the toss or not, we could win the final,â€ Rashid said.
Eventually, Pakistan won the toss and batted first, and the coach admitted that this was a big advantage to them.
â€œThere is no doubt that batting first was a big boost for us, as we had won only one other toss in the tournament. While the Indians had been very lucky in this aspect,â€ he stated.
Rashid said in the final, the players clicked as a combined unit, which was needed of them as on paper, they had more experience and talent then the Indians.
â€œWe had a strong team and if we had not win the final, I would have been terribly disappointed. I thought Hasan Raza and Misbah, the two senior players of the side, came together at the right time and batted very well,â€ he remarked.
He also praised Umar Gul and Samiullah Niazi for using the new ball very well.
â€œIt is good for the Pakistan A team to get such exposure against top class opposition because it means, the players are learning all the time,â€ he explained.
The Pakistan A team also goes to Australia in June-July to play in a mixture of four-day games, one-dayers and Twenty20 matches against Australia, India and New Zealand.
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