https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkMfmkrhRhI Pakistan under-19 team manager Nadeem Khan said his side's devastating misfortune to possible champions India in the World Cup semi-finals could be an aftereffect of magic art. Nadeem, a former Test player, told the media on returning from New Zealand that the way players performed against India, it appeared as somebody had thrown a magic spell on them.
We were confident that it would be a close match but as the match progressed and our batting went down for 59 it made one wonder if there was a magic spell on the team. It appeared as if our batsmen had no idea what was happening out on the field or how to tackle the situation and pressure.India, in the wake of outflanking Pakistan, went ahead to beat Australia in the final and win the U-19 World Cup for a record fourth time. Nadeem, who visited India in 1999 with the Pakistan Test squad, valued the gesture of the Indian team coach Rahul Dravid to later visit the opposition dressing room and boost the spirit of the players. Nadeem added,
It was a very nice gesture only confirming Dravid's stature in our eyes.The former spinner, who is the senior sibling of Moin Khan, conceded that a considerable measure of work needs to be done to enhance youth cricket in Pakistan.
I wouldn't say our performance was satisfactory even though we managed to make the semifinals. Compared to previous youth teams the current generation of junior players lacked in many areas.