West Indies coach Stuart Law is unhappy with the way his team have set out to play rookie Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan who has troubled the hosts in both T20Is so far.
Shadab claimed figures of 3 for 7 on debut before taking 4 for 14 in his second match and while Law feels he is a fantastic talent he opined that his men gave him easy wickets.
Law defended his team’s tactical approach saying that they had prepared to face the leggie but were unable to execute their plans.
He told the press after the defeat to Pakistan by three runs in Port of Spain: “We have plans for everyone. He’s not the only one we’re talking about, we’re talking about everyone else. So we just need to come up with better execution when we’re out in the middle and that’s what it boils down to.
“He’s bowled very well, but I think we’ve gifted him a few wickets as well. I think we just need to be a little bit more ruthless against him and see what transpires after that.”
Law is eager not to overreact to the poor performances of the team and is focused on building a consistent unit stressing that this does not happen instantly.
He went on: “It’s pretty new at this stage.
“We just want to take the emotion out of it tonight. Get up with a clear head tomorrow morning and start thinking about it.
“I think we are clicking. We’re getting better. We’ve gelled really well as a team over the last couple of days. I don’t think that’s the case. I think we’ve just got to start playing better cricket. There’s glimpses of our talent, we just need to have that glimpse for a lot longer.
“Our bowling has been excellent over the last couple of games, our catching’s been outstanding, few mistakes in the ground fielding but our batting is where we need to really have a look. Apart from Marlon, no one’s really gone in and got the scores. We’ve had a couple of starts, but I just think we need someone to go on and I think it’s getting better. Fingers crossed on Saturday we turn up and play a proper game of cricket.”
Law also feels that the effort in the field is a good sign that the attitude of the players is where it should be and that they will soon improve in other areas.
He said: “Positives, if you look at our fielding, that’s where we’ve always lacked. But the way the guys are putting in an effort here, I think that’s a great sign for Pakistan cricket. And our physical fitness. You could see even in the field, the guys roaming around, moving fast. And negatives.
“We really need to improve our first six overs in the batting. I think we’re going to sit and talk about it and we will come up with something.”
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