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Last Updated:  Thursday, 6 March, 2003, 13:02 GMT
End of an era for Pakistan
By Richard Pybus
Pakistan coach

I have to be honest and admit Pakistan gave a pretty disappointing performance overall in the World Cup.

We failed to produce consistent performances in any areas of the game and in many cases we picked up from where we left off even before I took over in September.

We had lost badly in three one-day series in a row so that quality of cricket goes back a long way.

There was some brief respite when we won in Zimbabwe but, to be fair, Zimbabwe had some injuries and were not that strong a side.

It is very much the end of an era for Pakistani cricket but the era was coming to an end a while ago.

My own contract was only until the end of the World Cup and I have not heard anything from the board yet
The generation of the two Ws - Wasim and Waqar - is clearly approaching the end of its shelf-life.

Rashid Latif has already announced his retirement, and we got Saeed Anwar back into the side and he had a good tournament but he's 37 now.

But I'm not blaming our performance on these factors especially as Wasim, who was absolutely outstanding with the ball, and Anwar, who had played no cricket since September, both did well for us.

Pakistani cricket has always looked at blooding youngsters early in their careers. We did that against Australia in October and unfortunately it was not a great success.

The kids who came in were too inexperienced and lacked the technical requirements to play at that level.

It's going to be very interesting to see where Pakistan go from here. My own contract was only until the end of the World Cup and I have not heard anything from the board yet.

At the moment, it's difficult to talk about the situation or to discuss whether it's something I would like to continue doing. We just have to wait for the dust to settle.

For the time being I am just going to sit back and watch the Super Sixes.

Many of the so-called strong teams are out of the competition but India, Sri Lanka and also New Zealand can certainly all give Australia a good go.

Of that trio, the two Asian sides can, on any given day, be pretty much unbeatable. New Zealand, meanwhile, have a fine track record against Australia.

They need Chris Cairns to find a bit of form, but they are one of the few sides who do not start a match against Australia automatically thinking they are going to lose, and obviously that's crucial.

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