Cricket-Pakistan capitulation unacceptable says board chief

KARACHI, Dec 21 - Pakistan's performance in losing the first test against Australia was unacceptable, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan said on Tuesday. Pakistan were bowled out for only 72 in the second innings to lose by 491 runs before lunch on the fourth day of the first test in Perth. "We are prepared to accept that defeat and victory are part of the game," Khan told Reuters. "We know that under the new coach Bob Woolmer the players need time to adjust to a new system and method. But we expect them to at least put up a good fight." "We are prepared to be patient with the players and management. But obviously there is a limit to our patience and that of the people. We are totally disappointed with the way the team capitulated in the first test. Pakistan, who have never won a test series in Australia in nine previous attempts, will play two more tests in Melbourne from December 26 and in Sydney from January 2. "Pakistan is a proud cricket nation and we want some continuity in the team," Khan added. "But if the current lot can't pick themselves up than we will also have to look at our reserve talent for future tours." Khan said he had spoken to the coach and captain and advised them to put the defeat behind them. "This team is capable of doing well and fighting hard against Australia," he said."It is all about playing with pride and application no matter what the conditions." He said he had sympathy with the disappointment of the Australians at Pakistan's performance. "Naturally the paying public doesn't want one-sided contests," he said. "Hopefully we will do much better in the remaining two tests." Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad backed the team to bounce back in the last two tests. "What happened in Perth was horrendous," he told Reuters. "But the team has some talented players and all they need is to make minor adjustments to their techniques and play with heart on Australian wickets." Miandad, who was replaced by Woolmer as coach in June this year, said he understood it was not easy beating the world champions in their own backyard. "But I think the coach also needs to stop blaming the players and making excuses for every poor performance," he said. "Woolmer is a highly regarded coach and he needs to back his players and give them confidence at all times."

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