Pakistan have only themselves to blame: Shoaib Akhtar on World Cup debacle

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 14:17 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan need a miracle against Bangladesh on Friday to qualify for semi-finals (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland, Australia and India have sealed their spot in the semifinalsPakistan needed India or New Zealand to defeat England for a spot in the semifinalsPakistan and Bangladesh will face each other in their last group-stage fixtureFast-bowling legend Shoaib Akhtar blasted New Zealand, saying he was disappointed with the way the Black Caps played against England in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.New Zealand lost to hosts England by 119 runs, all but ending Pakistan’s chances of reaching the semi-final of World Cup 2019. Nonetheless, Akhtar feels only Pakistan and not anyone else is responsible for their impending exit from the 50-over tournament in England.”I was disappointed with the way New Zealand played against England. They didn’t give any fight and meekly surrendered before England. They played like amateurs. They didn’t play quality cricket,” Shaoib Akhtar said in his YouTube channel.Pakistan suffered a massive defeat to arch-rivals India in their June 16 meeting in Manchester but have played a different brand of cricket ever since. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men are on a 3-match unbeaten run after having outclassed the likes of South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan.Pakistan wanted a few results to go their way, especially against England. They would have benefitted had India and New Zealand defeated the hosts in their last 2 league matches but Eoin Morgan’s men stormed into the semi-final with wins over the 2 teams.Akhtar pointed out that Pakistan’s World Cup-opening defeat to West Indies and their 46-run loss to Australia were 2 matches that influenced their current standing in the World Cup points table.”The match against West Indies cost us badly. Then their match against Sri Lanka got abandoned. After that, they lost the game to Australia which they should have won. These three matches made it very difficult for Pakistan. They themselves have got out of the tournament. Nobody else is responsible for their loss,” Akhtar said.advertisementMeanwhile, Akhtar also urged Pakistan to give it their all and play for pride in their final group-stage match against Bangladesh.”All is not lost still. We have to play for our pride against Bangladesh. Pakistan has to make sure they don’t get humiliated and therefore they should play good cricket against Bangladesh,” Akhtar added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan need lightning to strike Bangladesh team, jokes Mohammad YousufAlso Read | World Cup 2019: I should have won the Australia match for Pakistan, rues Imam-ul-HaqAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow team PakistanFollow Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan have only themselves to blame: Shoaib Akhtar on World Cup debacleICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar said the defeats to West Indies and Australia have costed Pakistan a chance to qualify for the semi-final of the World Cup in England.advertisementlast_img

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