In their Dubai hotel on Friday night the West Indies team will be doing a lot of retrospective thinking.
Following a humbling defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the first of three T20Is, captain Carlos Brathwaite and his men have little time to dwell on their initial insufficiencies on this tour.
And in his post-match press conference, Brathwaite was keen to press home the fact that his team were out gunned and that while their introspection will begin immediately, they will try to put this defeat to the back of their minds and respond with immediate victory in Saturday’s second T20I.
“It’s a professional sport and your retrospection is not always on a team level. It will be, I must say, but the most important thing is the individuals tonight go back to the rooms, analyse their own performance, their dismissals, the bowling spells and come up with a plan tomorrow to rectify what went wrong tonight,” said Brathwaite.
“It can be a positive [not having time to dwell on defeat], there’s not much time to keep your head down and not think too much about this loss.
“The fans of West Indies deserve a better performance than we put up tonight.”
Brathwaite’s side were decimated by the brilliance of Imad Wasim who took 5-14 as West Indies limped first to 22-5 before being bowled out for 115.
Imad enjoyed a successful stint in the Caribbean Premier League this year, taking 11 wickets at 17.63 as his Jamaica Tallawahs team went on to win the title.
And Brathwaite, full of praise for Imad’s heroics, believed the Pakistan spinner greatly benefited from his spell in the West Indies.
“I think Imad had a head start on us playing CPL with Jamaica Tallawahs so he knew our batsmen,” added Brathwaite. “We knew him as well, we planned for him and on the day his execution was better than ours. I don’t want to take anything from his spell, it was fantastic.”
Only Dwayne Bravo (53) and Jerome Taylor (21) passed double figures for the West Indies as their batsmen were undone by Imad and contrived to their own downfall with a number of poor shots.
Brathwaite, however, insists he will not ask his batters to tone down their aggression.
“I don’t think we assessed the conditions quickly enough and the majority of shots didn’t show situation awareness,” he said.
“You don’t want only to say we didn’t bat well, credit must go to Imad Wasim who bowled fantastically and if you get 5-14 in an international game you must be doing something right and to get it in a T20 international is even better.
“These things happen and we are an aggressive team and I wouldn’t tell any of the guys in the room to lose their aggression it’s about being more situation aware going into tomorrow’s game.”
Pakistan welcome the West Indies to the UAE for the first match of three in their series opening T20Is.
Dubai is the first stop, a double header of T20Is kicking us off this winter before the action heads to Abu Dhabi and then goes into the ODI and Test series.
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Akram was commentating on Pakistan’s tour of England when he highlighted a perceived lack of leadership by Malik.
“Look at Shoaib Malik, he has really disappointed me, he goes to third man in the field and stands out there,” Akram said during commentary.
“His job as a senior player should be to talk to the bowlers, help his captain and I have not seen that happening at all. From the outside he has looked disinterested and not very keen for most of the series.”
Ahead of Pakistan’s T20I series with the West Indies in Dubai this weekend, Malik was asked what he thought of Akram’s comments.
“You have to talk about something [when commentating]. When you don’t, you have to come up with something which attracts the people who are listening to you,” Malik said.
“I totally disagree with his statement but I respect him a lot. I would not expect these comments from a legend. I am sure he will realise and come up with something positive instead for Pakistan cricketers and Pakistan.”
Malik, a renowned master of media spin himself, seemed every bit the senior member of the side in front of the press at ICC Academy.
'Imad Wasim is a future Test player' Shoaib Malik showed support whenever his teammates faced a difficult question pic.twitter.com/geqID2S6wC— Razia Desai (@raziiia) September 21, 2016
Malik talked up the recent performances of Imad Wasim and expressed his confidence in the young spinner.
Often seen as a man with an agenda and eyes fixed on the one-day captaincy, Malik is often made the scapegoat by media and fans in Pakistan.
But here, he was every inch the team player.
He stated his desire to bat wherever in the order his captain needed him, having been dropped for the fourth ODI in England after a woeful run at number six before scoring 77 batting at four in the final ODI of the series, a match Pakistan won.
“I am one of those who has batted in all the top order. I think the team comes first so wherever the team needs me I am always up for that number,” he said.