After ICC World Twenty20 exit, Mohammed Hafeez quits as Pakistan skipper

Pakistan failed to qualify for the semifinal of the ICC World Twenty20 after badly losing to West Indies in a crucial match on Tuesday. Skipper Mohammed Hafeez took responsibility for the failure.

Updated: April 03, 2014 19:18 IST
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Mohammed Hafeez has resigned as Pakistan's T20 captain. Hafeez had led the team in the ICC World Twenty20. Pakistan failed to qualify for the semifinals after suffering a huge defeat to the West Indies in a group match on Tuesday. Shahid Afridi is a strong contender to take over this role.

Taking responsibility for Pakistan's failure to defend the World Twenty20 crown, Hafeez pleaded with the fans to accept it gracefully and not react like "bad losers".

"We accept responsibility for playing poorly against the West Indies in the crucial match but we must also not be bad losers. They played better on that day to beat us," Hafeez told reporters at Karachi airport after returning home from Dhaka. (Also read: Hafeez says sorry to fans after World T20 debacle)

The experienced player pointed out that victory and defeat were part and parcel of the game. "We know people are disappointed and we take responsibility for not giving our best performance but we must not be bad losers," he said. (Related: Pak chief selector says picking seniors backfired)

Hafeez also admitted that he was not satisfied with his own form in the competition. "I didn't score the runs I would have liked to do and my performance was not up to the mark but the team tried hard," he said. (Read: Hafeez is to blame for Pakistan's horror show, says Razzaq)

Hafeez also didn't agree with veteran all-rounder Afridi's assertion on returning home earlier in the day that the team had played with a negative mindset and lost because of this approach.

"I don't know what he has said because I have just got off the plane but the team played positively in the tournament but we were not good enough on the given day," he said.

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