Pakistan failed to show character: Lawson

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Feeling the heat after the team's defeat against India, Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has admitted that the side failed to show any character.

Updated: June 16, 2008 17:13 IST
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Feeling the heat after the team's morale-sagging defeat against India, Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson on Friday admitted that the side has failed to show any character, leading to a furore back home.

Pakistan's worst defeat against India -- a 140-run pounding by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men on Tuesday -- prompted a furious cricket board chief Nasim Ashraf to seek an immediate explanation from team manager Talat Ali on the poor performance of the team as a whole and the roles of Lawson and captain Shoaib Malik in particular.

Lawson said Ashraf was entitled to his opinion, even though the Australian admitted Pakistan failed to show any character against the archrivals.

"There was no strong reaction by the Pakistan Cricket Board. I know he is the PCB chairman and is entitled to his opinion," Lawson told reporters on the eve of the tri-series final.

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