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Dhaka: It’s tough being a Pakistan captain. It gets tougher if he ends up on the losing side.

After the 84-run hammering at the hands of the West Indies, in what effectively was a World T20 quarter final, on Tuesday, Mohammed Hafeez is likely to have a sleepless night.

For, one of the questions Hafeez had to face was: “What about accountability? Do you intend resigning?”

No matter what his emotions, Hafeez had to put his best foot forward after a pathetic on-field show.

Koi ek bande ko aap blame nahin kar sakte ho... The failure’s been collective... Now, we have to move on,” Hafeez maintained.

“The pressure got to Pakistan, leading to such a poor performance,” former captain Ramiz Raja told The Telegraph.

Cool was the MoM, Dwayne Bravo, who doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. He batted with panache, lashing 46 off 26 balls, an innings which threw Pakistan off balance.

Bravo has, of course, already declared that the West Indies would like to retain their World T20 title in memory of Tevin Robertson, an U-19 cricketer back in Trinidad & Tobago.

Excerpts from (ODI captain) Bravo’s media conference...

The West Indies smashing Pakistan’s bowlers for 78 in the last five overs...

Self-belief, form and power took us to 166 for six.

Tearing into Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal, two of the finest bowlers in T20...

History shows that even the best can go for runs in such situations... I told (captain Darren) Sammy that we should keep our eyes on the ball and back ourselves... That we didn’t have to look at rotating the strike against Ajmal.

Importance of batting for all 20 overs...

Sammy and I didn’t allow what happened in the middle overs to pull us back... We don’t give up, you know.

Verbal spats...

(Laughs) There was nothing, just bluff!

Targeting Pakistanis...

We did make Pakistan feel the pressure, for we knew they’d crumble... We made noise, had fun.

Role played by spinners Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree...

Their stats speak for themselves... They understand each other well and it’s particularly nice to have Sunil in the middle overs. Other teams, too, have good spinners... India have Amit Mishra and (Ravichandran) Ashwin.

Wins over Australia and Pakistan in successive matches...

You never know what to expect from both teams!

Having been fired up against Australia, thanks to an insensitive comment from James Faulkner...

It doesn’t pay to upset the West Indies... We’re proud cricketers... There’s no point sledging... We’d like to respect our opponents.

The West Indies’ approach...

We are laid back individuals and we play for our fans. We like to give our fans their money’s worth. It’s because of cricket that we lead a luxurious life and, so, we have to respect the game and respect fellow-cricketers. We like to play hard, but fair.

Striking form...

I don’t know if I’m batting the best of my career... My career has a long way to go, by the way... But, yes, I haven’t batted this way in a long time.

Bravo, the batsman...

I can be as dangerous as (Chris) Gayle and Sammy.

Captain Sammy’s innings on Tuesday (42 not out from 20 balls) and their partnership...

Sammy likes being himself... He’s a strong guy, who has played two great match-winning innings, against Australia and versus Pakistan.

Finally... Sammy, the Test and T20 captain...

The captain keeps the dressing room calm... There’s no malice in the dressing room.