ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif mentioned that nationwide staff simply needed to make sure two factors towards Afghanistan and forgot in regards to the essential side of bettering the run-rate, which is able to matter essentially the most, whereas finalizing the semifinalists.
Speaking to The Nation, wicketkeeper batsman Latif mentioned: “I really feel Pakistan staff missed easy trick towards the Afghans. After getting early wickets, Pakistan allowed them to stage comeback within the match and didn’t apply the strain, which might cease them from scoring 200 plus complete.
“No one bothered to regulate internet run-rate. I’ve talked about that New Zealand might nonetheless be out of the ICC World Cup as that they had 11 factors they usually needed to play some very robust matches. Pakistan staff has to enhance their run-rate, however nothing occurred. The staff administration was extra concern about profitable matches towards South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan and was content material with two factors,” he added.
He mentioned that so-called pundits don’t have any concept about what’s going to come subsequent. “Both they have been predicting Pakistan could be out of the semifinal race or they have been predicting that Pakistan would win the World Cup. However no one has any clue what was precise scenario. No one has set sights on New Zealand and Bangladesh. Individuals took them very frivolously and forgot that they’re on the rise and might pose critical problem to any given staff, identical to they did towards mighty Australians.
“The issues could be very attention-grabbing in subsequent few video games, that are but to come back. Australians are wanting favourites to seize high place within the semifinal race, whereas Indians are occupying second spot. It means if Pakistan make it to the semifinals, they are going to most probably to face India there, whereas very essential and mouth-watering match between England and New Zealand is but to be performed. It will likely be should win match for each the groups. Pakistan staff has to beat Bangladesh with a heavy margin to enhance their run-rate and in addition want favour from both England or New Zealand to e-book a spot within the semis,” he added.
The previous cricketer mentioned: “In case Australia misplaced towards South Africa, India can end high of the desk, which suggests England-Australia semifinal. Nonetheless something is feasible. It’s true that in the meanwhile, Australia and India have certified for the semifinals, whereas the remaining two locations are nonetheless to seize by any staff. It’s nearly four-way battle for the third and fourth place on provide.
“The scenario could be very attention-grabbing and I really feel future isn’t purely in Pakistan staff’s palms now as they’ve made their activity very troublesome. They should have received the match towards Black Caps and Afghanistan with huge margins, however they couldn’t achieve this. Now they’ll’t do something. They need to win and preserve their fingers crossed and hope for the most effective for semifinal race,” he commented.
He mentioned: “I really feel each Pakistan and Afghanistan performed very badly, nevertheless it was Pakistan, who ultimately prevailed, thanks primarily to extraordinary Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz. The issues have been wanting grim for Pakistan, however each batted sensibly and confirmed different high batsmen methods to play in such robust circumstances. Afghan skipper blunders additionally didn’t assist his staff’s trigger, or else it will have been sport and world cup over for Pakistan staff.
“Extremely irresponsible and careless method of Pakistan staff has nearly all however finish their street to semifinal, however luck, helped by poor captaincy of Afghanistan skipper and drop catches, gifted Pakistan victory. Now high order has to ship for the staff and nation, or else Bangladesh could not give Pakistan any second likelihood and majority of pundits may very well be left red-faced. Pakistan should go all-out attacking and go away the remainder,” Latif concluded.