Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed pinpointed tough condition as well as losing both Azhar Ali and Babar Azam in the opening over as the prime reasons for his team's abysmal showing in the opening ODI defeat to New Zealand on Saturday — excuses that didn't sit will with legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas.
Pakistan were outclassed in the opening match, first allowing the Kiwis to post a mammoth 315-run total before being reduced to 166-6 in their run-chase, eventually losing by 66 runs under the Duckworth–Lewis method after rain kept the match from being completed.
"These were tough condition for us, although credit goes to Kane Williamson and his side," said Sarfraz in his post-match interview. "We also lost early wickets and never truly recovered from that setback."
However, the Pakistan captain vowed that the team will discuss its weaknesses and make necessary adjustments to ensure improved performances for the rest of the tour. "Hopefully, we will sit together and things will improve in future."
But legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas told Sarfraz and team to not use difficult conditions as an excuse, saying same is the case for other sides when they visit Pakistan's adopted home of UAE.
"There should be any excuses because when other sides visit UAE they perform as well as they could in what are difficult conditions for them," the former Test cricketer told International News.