Waqar lashes out at England skipper Morgan for pitch complaint

Hasan Ali celebrates taking the wicket of England's Eoin Morgan for 33 runs.— AFP

Hasan Ali celebrates taking the wicket of England's Eoin Morgan for 33 runs.— AFP

"I think it will have to evolve in whatever manner the game does over the next two years in the lead-in to the World Cup, but certainly I think we're moving in the right direction".

Aamer Sohail's apparent allegations follow Sarfraz Ahmed's comments after Pakistan's victory over England by eight wickets, after which they entered their maiden Champions Trophy final.

Pakistan had beaten England in the semi-final in what came as a stunning reversal of fortunes and events after the hosts had begun the tournament with three straight wins in the group stages. We didn't hit one six yesterday, despite hitting 23 in our group games.

Meanwhile Hussain lamented England's "timid play", which he said was in marked contrast to the way they had revived their ODI fortunes since a woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup.

Bowled out for 211 in 49.5 overs after losing the toss, any chuntering about the rough end of conditions should have dissipated when Pakistan cruised to their target with 77 balls to spare for the loss of two wickets. I would like to praise all new players including Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Faheem Ashraf for playing a positive role in rebuilding Pakistan team. They looked like a team that wanted to win the championship, winning all the group stage match easily but in the end, when it mattered the most, they failed, simply outplayed by Pakistan.

"We left ourselves short today, adapting to conditions", said Morgan.

Asked about a possible re-match in the final on Sunday, Sarfraz said: "Both teams (India and Bangladesh) are playing well, so we will play whoever gets through".

"Definitely we'll meet as a team and sort out the problems".

"The turnaround is built on the inclusion of youngsters and it could only be done by a Pakistan team", said Ramiz Raja, an ex-Pakistan captain who now works as a cricket commentator.

"I think the pitch was very good".

Well though Pakistan bowled, the knowledge they had struggled to get to 237 in seeing off Sri Lanka in the Welsh capital just two days earlier was a stark reminder to England of what might have been had they managed to set a total of around 250-270.

"Sarfaraz needs to be told that he hasn't done anything special at all as Pakistan was forced to win the games by someone", he added. "That's more important for us, that our cricket is going to improve". Our bowlers probably tried to chase the wickets too much and served up too many half volleys.

"All credit to Pakistan today, they were too good for us", Bayliss said.

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