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    ICC World Cup 2019 Preview: Will Pakistan's 'Cornered Tigers' rise to the challenge?

    Armed with fighting words and encouragement from the coach and captain, and now sporting a new ODI kit, the Pakistan World Cup squad is heading for ICC’s premier 50-over tournament in England. The preparations, if one could call them such, have been far from ideal. Back-to-back whitewashes by Australia and England in ODIs have had a demoralising effect on a team which has historically done well in England. However, being outwitted by their opponents in pretty much all aspects of the game have lead to pronouncements of doom and gloom for the Men in Green and it appears that the road ahead is nothing but bumpy for the 1992 World Cup winners but the question on everyone's minds is simply, will Pakistan's 'Cornered Tigers' rise to the challenge and surprise us all?




    Strengths:

    Odd as it may seem, the strength section of a preview of a Pakistan side is not filled with glowing tributes to their bowling side. Instead, the true strength, as demonstrated by the Pakistan batsmen in the recently concluded series against England, came from the more underestimated aspect of their cricket. So the likes of Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail and even captain Sarfaraz Ahmed have all shown signs of good form which could hold the side in good stead and if the 300+ scores against a pretty competent England bowling attack is any indicator, some encouraging times lie ahead for Pakistan in the World Cup.


    Weaknesses:

    But what good are those big scores when your bowling or fielding cannot defend them or restrict the opponents from scoring with ease? This is the question plaguing Pakistan coaching staff and should also be of concern to the bowling attack. Faheem Ashraf and Junaid Khan have been ejected from the final 15 and we are now left with a very talented but inexperienced rookie in the shape of Mohammad Hasnain who is expected to provide the ‘X’ factor for Pakistan. Wahab Riaz, considered unworthy of a Pakistan World Cup cap a month ago is now an important part of the squad and Mohammad Amir who’s only achievement on this trip to England so far is a bout of chickenpox is being considered the leader of the pack. Apart from glimpses of excellence by Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi, the overall abject state of Pakistan’s bowling during the series against England where they were unable to control the flow of runs in death overs is a major source of concern for Pakistan supporters and unless they improve drastically, more punishment from opposition batsmen could be in the offing.


    Players to watch for:

    Fast-bowler Wahab Riaz seems to have come back to the side with all guns blazing and is saying all the right things, and could well make a difference to the Pakistan bowling attack. Mohammad Hasnain’s raw pace could rattle a few opposing batsmen but it will be the combined talents of Babar Azam and Hasan Ali who really have the overall strength to take Pakistan all the way to the top.


    Prediction:

    The unexpected victory in the Champions Trophy in 2017 has given a lot of hope to Pakistan supporters about how an unfancied side can make their mark when they play with zeal but I am afraid that fairy-tale will not be repeated again. A semi-final place is the highest this Pakistan side can hope for and will probably be happy to get to.


    Full Squad:

    1. Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper, captain)
    2. Asif Ali
    3. Babar Azam
    4. Fakhar Zaman
    5. Haris Sohail
    6. Hasan Ali
    7. Imad Wasim
    8. Imam-ul-Haq
    9. Mohammad Amir
    10. Mohammad Hafeez
    11. Mohammad Hasnain
    12. Shadab Khan
    13. Shaheen Shah Afridi
    14. Shoaib Malik
    15. Wahab Riaz
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    We need some momentum during the early stages of the tournament.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    We need some momentum during the early stages of the tournament.
    Disagree here - I would rather we pick up momentum during the last few days of the group matches to ensure we go into the knockout stages on a high!

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    Quote Originally Posted by msb314 View Post
    Disagree here - I would rather we pick up momentum during the last few days of the group matches to ensure we go into the knockout stages on a high!
    If we lose the first few matches consecutively, qualifying will be very tough.


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    Pakistan will need a miracle to get to Semis, but its been done before.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    We need some momentum during the early stages of the tournament.
    Think momentum not coming from our batting for sure!


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    I just wish we had a specialist spinner. This will bite Pakistanís chances big time.

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    Right now the only thing that is rising is the fan's blood pressure...


    Mein inko rolaonga

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    These cornered tigers are being cornered by minnows. Sad to see.
    This wc is out of our hands hopefully they can prepare for the 2023 wc, which I doubt they'll do.

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    Not much chance for these paper tigers. Losing to Afghanistan just showed how poor the team, Pak will do well to not finish at the bottom.The overall belief and commitment is not there. Just cant see how they can turn this around. Its going to be a painful world cup.

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    This is the tiger that showed up today at the warm-up:

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    It is 27 years since Pakistan won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time and this year feels like it did back then.

    If Pakistan start well then they have a history of producing magic

    Both Babar Azam and Haris Sohail are in good form and that could help Pakistan

    It is 27 years since Pakistan won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup for the first time and this year feels like it did back then.

    No-one gave us a chance and we arrived as the underdog. But momentum came and we won the whole thing, that is the beauty of Pakistan cricket.

    I was not part of the team because I was injured just before the World Cup but I remember the team coming home. The whole country was out on the streets, the lights were on and we had a trophy parade.

    It was party-mode, it was a carnival. Hopefully, that will happen again but there is work to do.

    The positive for Pakistan is that they have started scoring big totals. They have showed they are capable of scoring 300 plus and we saw that in their series against England.

    The batsman have got used to the surfaces very quickly and have piled on the runs. They are all in good form, especially Babar Azam and Haris Sohail.

    Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq have also done well so the top four looks really good. That issue has been solved.

    But the biggest issue for me is the fielding. The bowling is moving in a good direction, with Wahab Riaz coming back into the side and Mohammad Amir restored.

    I am sure that will get a bit better but if the fielders don’t take their chances and catch balls and stop the extra 15 or 20 runs then they could struggle.

    The fielders looked out of sorts in the series against England and that could shake their confidence.

    I think Pakistan arrive as underdogs and they need to start well. If they lose a couple of early games, then it will be an uphill task for them after that.

    If they don’t start well then the negativity from series defeats to England and Australia could seep back in. They have been losing a few games and need to win early so settle nerves.

    That first game against the West Indies will be vital. It is will be worth watching that! Both are very exciting teams and very unpredictable, you never know what you are going to get.

    Trent Bridge is a flat pitch too so there will be runs and it will be a fun game. I am intrigued to see how Mohammad Amir gets on.

    He is a match-winner, there is no doubt about that. If he gets some rhythm back, then he could be the difference for Pakistan.

    On the flip side, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain are so talented and have long futures ahead of them. I am excited to see what they can do.

    Despite everything has gone on in the last couple of months, the country is behind the team. They all believe these guys can win the World Cup. If we can get off to a strong start then you never know, this team has a history of producing magic.

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    Regardless of whether today's game materialises or not, will this be Pakistan's worse preparation ever for World Cup?


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    My heart says yes and my brain says no, It may be one of the lowest point that we've entered a world cup in with no stars and relatively useless seniors, even though all the reasoning in the world says a first round exit awaits for us I still can't help it and have that tiny glimmer of hope that we will lift the trophy on 14th July 2019! InshAllah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Regardless of whether today's game materialises or not, will this be Pakistan's worse preparation ever for World Cup?
    I don't think 5 ODI's against the hosts, incidentally, the best team in the world, can count as bad preparation? Not sure what your definition of bad preparation would be in that case...

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    2 strong series against Aus and Eng will help the team when the real tournament starts.

    The first match v Windies is pretty huge as a win here will start a momentum which will get us into the semis and a loss will put pressure on the team with stong teams coming up in the next few matches.


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    Since the 2015 World Cup, England have scored at 6.27 per over. The next fastest scoring of the 2019 World Cup teams is Australia, at 5.72 per over. England's scoring rate has gone up by 19% compared to the 2011-15 World Cup cycle period (when it was 5.27 per over).

    Collectively, the other 2019 teams have increased their scoring rate by just 3% (from 5.29 to 5.45). England's batsmen, like all of us here today, have embraced the concept of unrestricted freedom. Only one other nation has achieved a rise of more than 6% in the same period - Pakistan, up 12% from 4.90 to 5.51."
    Interesting stat from BBC's Andy Zaltzman. Clearly our bowlers are letting us down by wasting the real batting progress we've made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    2 strong series against Aus and Eng will help the team when the real tournament starts.

    The first match v Windies is pretty huge as a win here will start a momentum which will get us into the semis and a loss will put pressure on the team with stong teams coming up in the next few matches.
    AGREE

    good thing for us is we are not playing india in early stage of worldcup because losing against them would have dented team moral which is already not too much high . the win against wi is very important

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Regardless of whether today's game materialises or not, will this be Pakistan's worse preparation ever for World Cup?
    No, this might be the best preparation.

    Went to England 1 month before the competition and got used to the conditions.

    The batting has done extremely well. The stronger suit bowling will pick up.

    I am confident Pakistan will have a good tournament.

    Remember the 2009 T20 WC? Pakistan lost both warm up matches, but turned up at the main event.


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    Quote Originally Posted by saeed5646 View Post
    AGREE

    good thing for us is we are not playing india in early stage of worldcup because losing against them would have dented team moral which is already not too much high . the win against wi is very important
    We should get a full game Friday, weather is looking sunny. Trent Bridge is a high scoring ground but can also see spin. Pakistan cannot afford for the Windies batsmen to start hitting big early on. If we can keep them quiet early, the spinners can really slow them down. 70% of the crowd will be Pakistani fans, they will not be happy if Pakistan lose the opener and imo if we do, qualifying for the semis will be a tough ask.


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    Pakistan are a tricky case here. Don't know what to make of them at the moment.

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    Pakistan itinerary is front loaded, which is bad news, normally we would like to play good team in second half, where we play well, and do and die at the end matters for both parties...

    We are playing ENG, AUS, INDIA in first 5 games, which is bad news. We have to win at least one of those three, plus 2 of WI and SL...

    On the flip side, if we could somehow beat India that can super charge us, still 4 games left after that...Players will play be pressure free and can play above their potential, playing at cloud 9, well those are the best case scenarios 😁😁

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    Yes they can, the major responsibility is on team management and captain. From England series, they are as pathetic as anything

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    Rashid Latif claims the team looks jaded

    Was watching the Game On Hai show and he was criticizing the PCB for scheduling the Australia series and then the England series just before the World Cup claiming that the rest of the world was busy resting their players before the premier tournament whereas our players are already looking so jaded having played so much cricket from the Asia Cup in 2018 to now.

    No winning with these ex players

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    He's clearly disappointed. He was ashamed that this is the team who are representing pak. According to him, they just wanted to run away.

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    These ex players will cry about anything. Mostly about the wrong thing

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    I do agree here.

    They're all exhausted. No energy left either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    These ex players will cry about anything. Mostly about the wrong thing
    They guy has been supporting pak cricket far too much. Now he's just given up. He has realised that PAK cricket is going nowhere.

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    We might be cornered but thatís also our own doing and better oppositions. I donít know about the Tiger bit as I don't see even 1 in this team.

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    Waqar Younis article - courtesy of ICC

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    You have to remember that this World Cup is a very long tournament.

    There is a lot of cricket still to be played and it would be foolish to write off this Pakistan side after their defeat to the West Indies.

    You have to give credit to the West Indies for the way they used the short ball to pepper the Pakistani batsmen.

    Andre Russell in particular was outstanding with those first three overs that he bowled at the top of the order.

    He may have only taken a couple of wickets, but it was his short-pitched barrage that showed the way for the rest of their attack.

    But Pakistan didn’t seem to have answer when it came down to it.

    Those are the moments when you really have to dig deep, to try and survive and we couldn’t do it.

    A lot has been said before about Pakistan’s record in the past, the unpredictable nature of this side.

    They lost heavily in their first game in 1992 and bounced back to win that tournament after all.

    But we cannot really dwell on what happened 27 years ago. Winning the 2019 tournament is going to take some doing this time around.

    A defeat like that damages the confidence and we need to make sure that we take our time to try and bounce back, think positive and turn the ship around.

    You have got to stay very calm. Everyone will be hurting in the dressing room at the moment so it is important to come back tomorrow with fresh eyes. They need to look inside themselves and try and find some solutions. We will have to learn from this defeat, in a way that we failed to during the match.

    Mohammad Amir was probably the big positive from the day.

    He picked up a couple of wickets which will be good for his confidence. As a guy who was originally left out of the squad and then brought back in, it is important that he feels good about himself.

    He is a wicket-taker, pure and simple, so if he can get it right moving forward then other teams will have to watch out.

    But it will be difficult for the team to bounce back quickly enough for Monday against England – a team who are on such a high.

    They have probably never played better, and I think they have all the ingredients to go all the way and end their long wait for a World Cup.

    And after what happened here on Friday, you can be sure that a certain Jofra Archer will be licking his lips.

    I have loved what I have seen of him so far. He is going to be the man that the world will remember when all is said and done at this World Cup.

    He has just got something about him, a bit of stardust. He is nippy and bowls with that extra bounce and most importantly, he takes wickets.

    I am sure he will leave a mark on this World Cup and probably on Pakistan on Monday.


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    Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has insisted they can bounce back from a "shocking" start to the World Cup.

    Hostile fast bowling by the West Indies saw Pakistan slump to just 105 -- their second-lowest World Cup total -- in a mere 21.4 overs at Trent Bridge on Friday.

    The West Indies, two-time former champions, then polished off the meagre target in 13.4 overs on the back of dashing opener Chris Gayle's 34-ball 50 which included six fours and three sixes.

    Arthur did not hide from the scale of a seven-wicket defeat, saying it had gone against everything he had seen from his players in the build-up.

    "Yes, it was a shocking start -- the players did not take the preparations into the the middle," Arthur told AFP. "But we will dust ourselves off and come back strong."

    Pakistan's batsmen were undone by the short-pitched bowling of the West Indies pace trio.

    Oshane Thomas led the way with four for 27, while captain Jason Holder (three for 42) and Andre Russell (two for four) also made telling contributions to a match that was all finished in under half of the scheduled 100 overs.

    Opener Fakhar Zaman and number three Babar Azam scored 22 each while Wahab Riaz (18) and Mohammad Hafeez (16) were the only other Pakistan batsmen to reach the double figures.

    Arthur said his team's batting performance was all the more disappointing as they had expected to face short-pitched bowling and prepared accordingly.

    "We knew that we were going to get short-pitched bowling and had prepared very well for it, so was disappointing to see us play like that because we were prepared," the South African said.

    Pakistan have now last their last 11 completed one-day internations but Riaz insisted they did not have a mental block when it came to facing fast bowling.

    "We didn't play the short ball well but we've seen in past series that we can score runs against that sort of bowling," said Riaz. "If people want to bowl us bouncers, then we will have no problems with that.

    "It's not a mental issue. We have been losing in the past, we need to find a way to get out of this pattern," he added.

    Pakistan have a short turanaround in which to put their abject defeat behind them before they return to Trent Bridge for their second World Cup game against tournament hosts England on Monday.

    England, the world's top-ranked ODI side, launched their World Cup campaign in style with a 104-run victory over South Africa at the Oval on Thursday.

    They came into the World Cup on the vack of 4-0 ODI series rout of Pakistan -- whuich included a three-wicket win at Trent Bridge.

    But Arthur said Pakistan would be a better side for that experience.

    "Yes, we know how good England are but we know them and are battle-hardened against them."

    https://www.afp.com/en/news/3955/art...rt-doc-1h46yk1


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    Good comeback by our boys today but need to finish the job


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    Impressed with the batting againt England although they could have got 360.

    They got Buttler out just in the nick of time.

    Messaged Mickey bhai - told him to get the yorkers going and the fielding sharper



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Impressed with the batting againt England although they could have got 360.

    They got Buttler out just in the nick of time.

    Messaged Mickey bhai - told him to get the yorkers going and the fielding sharper
    Well done. They need to know the pulse of their nation, who is supporting them. Yorkers must be perfected and they must be bowled like Umar Gul did in T20 world cup against south africa. 35 to 50th over, barring spinners, all fast bowlers should just bowl yorker. They bowled around 10% in recent match. It should be up in the blockhole for at least 50%. The only non yorker bowl should be bouncer. Length at death is just suicide. Also, it's not bad idea to bowl every now and then to new comers or set batsman.

    Also, if possible, do discuss with them to shadab bowl bit slow, like Indian spinners, around 75kph. And Amir to bowl with upright seam for 4 overs at least with new ball, before he goes back to scrambled seam. Also, that they should not leave too many gaps between slips. And always be attacking with slip when strike bowler is on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Impressed with the batting againt England although they could have got 360.

    They got Buttler out just in the nick of time.

    Messaged Mickey bhai - told him to get the yorkers going and the fielding sharper
    Buttler dismissal looked well planned so kudos to Pak bowlers and management.


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    Waqar Younis: With tough games on the horizon, Pakistan must perform against Sri Lanka

    It’s a clichť but we’re back to that word with Pakistan – inconsistency.

    Sometimes frustrating and often brilliant, their two matches so far have been opposites of each other.

    It is a very difficult thing to answer because Pakistan have always been like that. It is not something new, if you go back to the 1980s and even 1970s, it has always been the same.

    I think it goes back to the system and the way we are brought up in Pakistan. We pick very young players and they don’t always come through a controlled system. Everyone is different.

    Some disappear quickly because they struggle to handle the pressure and are replaced by another young guy but those who do handle it just carry on and become greats of the game.

    There are a lot of examples of guys like that, such as Wasim Akram, myself and Inzamam-ul-Haq.

    We hardly ever played first-class cricket before making our international debuts. Once you get through your first couple of years of international cricket, you never look back.

    We have also changed things far too often in the domestic game back home so players can struggle to build a rhythm.

    The result is that you never know what are going to get with Pakistan, you never know which side of the bed they are going to get out of.

    Against England, they rebounded superbly from that opening loss to the West Indies.

    The capability is there, and they have the capacity to do special things. They need to be positive in every game. There is no doubt they were hurt by what happened against the West Indies and they came out to prove a point.

    The pressure was mounting on the players, the management and the captain. They were in it up to their nose and as you burn your chances, you take more risks.

    Now, it’s time for another big game against Sri Lanka. I saw them take on Afghanistan and it looked like they got out of jail. They are not the most exciting or most dangerous side in the tournament, but Pakistan cannot take them lightly.

    Look at Bangladesh - beating the mighty South Africa, you cannot take anyone lightly. Sri Lanka are not playing their best currently, but that does not matter.

    That win would have cleared their minds and, like Pakistan, they will be brimming with confidence. When you have a bad start and then win a game, you start to feel good about yourself.

    Look at the way Lasith Malinga bowled. He was superb and showed he still has something about him. On their day, they can beat anyone.

    Pakistan’s fixtures get interesting from here with Australia and India, who are both playing well, on the horizon.

    They are both formidable sides and so a win against Sri Lanka is important for us.

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    The cornered tigers are about to get killed.
    Date: 16/06/19

    Hopefully, PCB learn a lesson after this wc. I doubt it but you never know.

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    Hope the opening games have geered Pakistan enough for Father’s Day

    Let’s be real beating India in a wc match is bigger than reaching the semis


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    Waqar Younis: New-style Haris a breath of fresh air for Pakistan

    It was all about the positive intent for Pakistan against South Africa.

    Today, they played fearless cricket and weren’t really worried about losing the match, which in turn gave them the freedom to pay their natural game.

    Coming after the disappointment of Old Trafford, Pakistan badly needed such a win.

    They have been criticised a lot and the last week has been hard on them, so coming out of that and producing such a performance was particularly pleasing.

    Haris Sohail, in particular, was a breath of fresh air. He played magnificently well, and ultimately, his innings of 89 off just 59 balls was the difference.

    Others got runs but his knock was the icing on the cake because Pakistan have needed someone to come in at five or six and up the ante.

    He really batted well, and it’s probably a different Haris Sohail to the one I’ve seen before.

    Haris has always been a very conservative and technically sound batsman but against South Africa, he took the mantle and played in a very different fashion.

    For me, he’s my No.4 batsman in the team because he’s technically sound and you can give him more overs to build that innings.

    He and Babar Azam could really complement each other. They both have a habit of making hundreds and could push the run rate also.

    Haris is one for the future, for sure.

    We’ve also started to get the old Mohammad Amir back, where he’s got that mojo of swinging the ball back into the right-hander.

    It’s not swinging massively, but the line is right and that’s his strength.

    Amir is picking up wickets on a regular basis now and that really gives him that confidence to go out and be himself.

    Whenever Pakistan get early wickets, Wahab Riaz and the rest will follow up. In the middle overs, when the ball is reversing, that’s where Wahab comes into his own.

    It’s about bowling as a unit, which Pakistan did at Lord's, but the ones I actually enjoyed watching the most were Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim as they controlled the middle overs while also picking up wickets.

    They never allowed the South African batsmen to settle, and as a result the Proteas were always under pressure.

    Qualification is still up in the air, but I’d really like to see them play the same way in the coming matches.

    There’s not much time between now and the next game against New Zealand, but I think they’ll stick to the same team unless there’s a real difference in the pitch.

    If Pakistan keep playing with that freedom, you never know what can happen.

    Before going to Birmingham, I think Pakistan will be closely watching England against Australia on Tuesday.

    That will be crucial, particularly if Australia beat England.

    Pakistan will be hoping and praying for an Australia win as that would be best for their own qualification hopes.

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    Lord’s innings will boost Haris’s career

    By Sarfaraz Ahmed
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    We lose as one team and we win as one team. This has been the mantra of the Pakistan cricket team.

    The win over South Africa was a result of a complete team effort. We badly needed a positive following a difficult last week when our below-par performance against India was followed by severe criticism, some justified and some unjustified. We had made mistakes in Manchester, so all criticism from a cricket perspective was justified, taken positively and in our stride.

    We sat together, analysed our performance and decided to look ahead. We talked through our mistakes and expressed determination not to repeat them.

    With that positive mindset, we arrived at Lord’s. What to say about the venue, which itself is very inspiring.

    We won a good toss on a pitch that wasn’t easy to bat on as it was double-paced but dry from beneath. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman provided us a solid and worthy stand of 81 runs. Then, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail strengthened the innings with an 81-run fourth wicket stand before Haris and Imad Wasim finished it with a flourish, adding 71 runs for the fifth wicket that allowed Pakistan to collect 91 runs in the last 10 overs..

    No praise would be enough for the innings Haris played as he made the difference. In a tight situation and in only his second match of the tournament, Haris played a gem of an innings. He batted like Jos Buttler of England. He looked hungry and his body language was very positive right from start of his innings.

    This brings to mind the question as to why we had dropped Haris after the first game?

    It was because we wanted to play with a particular combination. He has a very wise head on his shoulders that helps him to construct his innings and accelerate at the right time with clean and precise hitting. It is just unfortunate that his career has been marred by injuries. I hope this innings will now give his career the deserving lift and more importantly, the recognition.

    We put up a good total on the board and knew we needed early wickets to put pressure on South Africa. We knew Shadab Khan would come into the equation as Imran Tahir had also got grip from the pitch.

    Mohammad Amir picked up Hashim Amla very early in the innings and though Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis added 87 runs for the second wicket, we kept them in check.

    Shadab once again proved why he is a champion bowler when he accounted for de Kock and Aiden Markram, before Amir returned to dismiss du Plessis and move to the top of the bowlers’ chart with Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc. Wahab Riaz, with his pace and controlled swing, destroyed the lower-order to finish off the good work that was started earlier in the day by the batsmen.

    Fielding has been a worry. We have to lift it tremendously. We dropped too many catches against South Africa, some straightforward and some half-chances. So, over the next few days, we are going to intensify our extra drills and try to improve our ground and aerial fielding.

    Our next opponent is New Zealand. We know they are a dangerous side, so we have to improve our Lord’s performance, set a platform in batting, take early wickets in bowling and hold catches. That will set the tone.

    Our win is not an answer to the critics. We are here to play cricket and, like any other side, believe we can win the World Cup. We always do our best effort on Wednesday and all the remaining matches.

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    Pakistan HAVE to beat nz, if they do, all things are possible

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    Things to improve upon for the rest of the tournament

    My biggest concern is our bowling in the middle period. Shadab blows hot and cold and to be honest that is to expected given that wrist spinners will either go for a few or will get breakthroughs.

    Imad is the weakest link in the bowling attack, as we saw today these English Wickets are assisting finger spinners. Pakistan is paying dearly for not having a proper full time finger spinner, we can't really do much with the squad of 15. Sarfaraz has got to give a few overs to Harris and see how he does with the ball. But our bowling attack has got to find a way to be effective from overs 15 to 40 and to take wickets because to let NZ recover from 83/5 to 238 was unacceptable and could have cost us.

    As far as the batting is concerned, i understand that Fakhar has been given the license to go after the bowling but he has to use his cricketing intelligence as well for e.g. when you know Bolt swings the ball away from the left hander, why would you play across the line against him?

    I wish there was a way to get Malik and Asif Ali because the former could bowl offspin and might be handy against spinners while the later might have been needed in case we need to up our net run rate but our winning combination is what it is at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    My biggest concern is our bowling in the middle period. Shadab blows hot and cold and to be honest that is to expected given that wrist spinners will either go for a few or will get breakthroughs.

    Imad is the weakest link in the bowling attack, as we saw today these English Wickets are assisting finger spinners. Pakistan is paying dearly for not having a proper full time finger spinner, we can't really do much with the squad of 15. Sarfaraz has got to give a few overs to Harris and see how he does with the ball. But our bowling attack has got to find a way to be effective from overs 15 to 40 and to take wickets because to let NZ recover from 83/5 to 238 was unacceptable and could have cost us.

    As far as the batting is concerned, i understand that Fakhar has been given the license to go after the bowling but he has to use his cricketing intelligence as well for e.g. when you know Bolt swings the ball away from the left hander, why would you play across the line against him?

    I wish there was a way to get Malik and Asif Ali because the former could bowl offspin and might be handy against spinners while the later might have been needed in case we need to up our net run rate but our winning combination is what it is at the moment.
    So you think the only reason Pakistan won't change their lineup is due to winning combination? How about the management knows the capabilities of their players and realize Malik offer them nothing like the last three games he played in this WC?

    For such a senior poster lack of understanding the team dynamics and their body language is quite disconcerting to say the least.

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    Pakistan should re-assess what went right and wrong for them but its also true that we dont have time for changes now.


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    Edgbaston turned green and Babar purple

    By Sarfaraz Ahmed
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    There is nothing beyond hope. Hope guides you to the most difficult of tasks. Even when we lost to India in a crucial World Cup match, we did not lose hope. Our belief was in our potential. We were convinced when we will turn our potential into performance, we can beat any team in the event.

    After a two -day off, there seems to be a revival of the side, which looks rejuvenated. The most valuable and priceless thing for this side has been the support of its fans. If Lord’s was 80 per cent green, Edgbaston was close to 100 per cent. It’s the much-needed support of the fans that continues to drive and motivate us.

    As such, the support and appreciation from the stands and all around the globe were the additional factors that contributed to our last two wins.

    When we arrived at Edgbaston, there were dark clouds and a little bit of drizzle, but we had no fears of a washout as weather forecast was clear. The covers were on but we knew it will be a full 50-over-per innings match.

    New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, something I would have also done had I made the right call on the spin of coin. Mohammad Amir got Martin Guptill early, but the key wicket of Kane Williamson was the key. He was in an in-form batsman, scoring heavily and turning the match on its head. With this form, an unplayable ball was required to dismiss him and I am glad it came from Shadab Khan.

    However, Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme batted sensibly. They hung in there and showed application of making full use of the quota of overs. We could have done better and kept them within 200, but some good stroke selection and a little offline bowling helped them to collect 85 in the last 10 overs, meaning Zealand reached 237 for six.
    It will be unfair to talk and praise Shaheen Shah Afridi, who was outstanding. He had struggled in the earlier matches, but hard work in the training sessions backed up by a good temperament helped him to regain his wicket-taking abilities. Once he starts taking wickets, we all know he can be and that’s precisely what he showed on Wednesday finishing with figures of 10-3-28-3. At just 19 years of age, I have no doubts this lad will contribute regularly and consistently in Pakistan’s future successes across all three formats.

    Our overall fielding was good and we caught everything that came our way, which should bring the smiles back on Grant Bradburn’s face. After the last game when we dropped quite a few catches, he had reminded us to enjoy fielding and I am glad the message was received by the players.

    We know the 238-run target won't be easy to achieve. We lost two early wickets, but then Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez steadied the innings. After Hafeez’s departure, Haris Sohail played a highly mature innings to offer good support to Babar.

    I don’t remember seeing a better innings in chase than the one Babar played against New Zealand. I would dare say Babar is the best player of this generation. He is a class apart. He is technically very correct and its tough to get him out once he gets going. He looked in total command against a strong New Zealand bowling attack. One of the best innings about Babar’s innings was he valued his wicket and hardly played a shot, which could bring our hearts in our throats.

    For the second successive time, Haris batted sensibly and solidly. He took the attack to the New Zealand bowlers. Let me remind that his clean stroke-play doesn’t mean it was a batsmen’s friendly wicket. Contrary to this, it was an extremely difficult to bat on as shown by Mitchell Santner.


    Now our focus is on the next match against Afghanistan and then we will think about Bangladesh. Afghanistan is a dangerous side with quality spinners, so we will not take them lightly and will have to go at our full strength.

    There has been so much talk about similarities between the 1992 World Cup and this one. We wish these similarities only culminate on 14 July at Lord’s, but we have to keep our feet on ground and keep faith in God Almighty.

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    Waqar Younis: Afridi had a super day against New Zealand - it is now impossible to ignore the parallels with 1992

    Shaheen Shah Afridi is only 19 so he will have bad days and super days, against New Zealand it was definitely the latter.

    Babar Azam was Player of the Match, and deservedly so for what was an exceptional innings, but Shaheen bowled brilliantly.

    He got his lines right, he was disciplined, he swung the ball and he picked up wickets. That was what set the game up for Pakistan and was great to see.

    He is still learning the art so he will make mistakes and Pakistan have to be prepared for that. So far he’s only really played T20 and a few Tests and in the game against Australia I thought he looked a little lost. He wasn’t sure what line or length to bowl. Then against South Africa he got a wicket and seemed to gain some confidence.

    The more he plays, the better he will be because of his age, so I’m hopeful that he will deliver in the coming games.

    The only reason Shaheen didn’t get Player of the Match against New Zealand was because of Babar, who was fantastic.

    It was a great innings in difficult conditions, but even more so because it came when Pakistan really needed it.

    I also need to give credit to Haris Sohail, who has come into the team and scored consecutive fifties to get Pakistan back into the tournament.

    They seemed to start this ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup unsure of what their best combinations were.

    Shadab Khan coming back into the team seems to have helped them strike a balance and then Haris’ form has pushed them over the top.

    The momentum seems to have shifted with these two wins, as well as England losing to Australia.

    That result gave Pakistan some hope. They knew that if they beat New Zealand they could increase the pressure on England and give themselves a real chance of making the semi-finals.

    The danger is now that complacency starts to creep in. After beating South Africa and then unbeaten New Zealand, it would be easy to get carried away. They cannot allow that to happen, they need to focus on the next game against Afghanistan and make sure they win.

    They also cannot worry about other results. If Pakistan beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, they will have done their job, hopefully it will be enough to reach the semi-finals.

    It is becoming impossible to ignore the parallels with 1992. The similarities are freaky and even though the players won’t have been thinking about it, there is no way they can put it out of their minds altogether.

    It’s moving in the direction that they might qualify and if it does, that would be something very special if they could win the World Cup. But of course, the players can’t focus on that at all.

    That 1992 World Cup was an emotional time for me, being part of the team initially and then breaking my back just before the tournament and having to leave the team to go back home. It was heartbreaking, especially when we won. I was over the moon though and I still remember every second when the team came back from Australia, it was wonderful. I’m hoping and praying that something similar happens again.

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    I don't want to spoil the fun, but to be honest this team needs to show consistency. I would consider this performance as one off, if we get knocked out! I think with the win against NZ, 92 WC similarities ended as well, looking at this team (inconsistency factor), I think we will be knocked out! And the celebrations after the win against NZ were over the top I reckon, but in Asia it happens, I find it cringeworthy most of the times. If we had won the WC, the celebrations would have made sense. The 92 WC similarities have ended now, we must be 'mentally' prepared for an exit as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercurial View Post
    I don't want to spoil the fun, but to be honest this team needs to show consistency. I would consider this performance as one off, if we get knocked out! I think with the win against NZ, 92 WC similarities ended as well, looking at this team (inconsistency factor), I think we will be knocked out! And the celebrations after the win against NZ were over the top I reckon, but in Asia it happens, I find it cringeworthy most of the times. If we had won the WC, the celebrations would have made sense. The 92 WC similarities have ended now, we must be 'mentally' prepared for an exit as well.
    The 92 similarities haven't ended...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronaldo7 View Post
    The 92 similarities haven't ended...
    We need to forget that and worry about next challenges


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Impressed with the batting againt England although they could have got 360.

    They got Buttler out just in the nick of time.

    Messaged Mickey bhai - told him to get the yorkers going and the fielding sharper
    Now I know u have a direct line to him,
    Can u ask him why they have moved away from the original plan of haris at 4, sarfaraz at 5 and hafeez at 6?
    I would understand if we got off to a flier and we then promoted hafeez to 4


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    We need to forget that and worry about next challenges
    Yeah but it will give them confidence. #Wehavewewill type.

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    Wahab Riaz revealed the Pakistan camp are focussing on the here and now as eerie parallels with their 1992 triumph continue to resonate at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

    Imran Khan led Pakistan to their first and only World Cup victory 27 years ago and the exact pattern of wins, losses and washouts is being followed in this summer’s showpiece.

    But Wahab, who took 2/29 and was unbeaten on 15 in his side’s three-wicket victory over Afghanistan, says the relentless mentality of his team is behind their remarkable resurgence.

    “We don’t really talk about 1992 that much,” he said.

    “The first thing is in this team, everybody has the same purpose. That’s where we started off and where we remain.

    “The turnaround is due to the motivation and the ambition of the team to win this World Cup. Everybody wants that.

    “Obviously, this will be the last World Cup for Shoaib Malik and this is the time we are needed the most.

    “We need to give everything. Everybody is giving their 100 per cent and that’s the reason for the turnaround in our results and performances.”

    Pakistan looked down and out after defeat to old rivals India but can now reflect on three successive victories over New Zealand, South Africa and plucky Afghanistan in a thriller at Headingley.

    Wahab, Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi are the most prolific pace trio at the World Cup so far, taking seven wickets against Afghanistan to add to their enviable haul.

    Wahab, 34, was left out of Pakistan’s preliminary squad for the tournament but, like his team, has bounced back and is relishing forming part of a pace unit firing on all cylinders.

    “It’s very pleasing the way we are bowling as a team, particularly the way Shaheen has improved,” he said.

    “Shaheen was under pressure after his first game against Australia but he has come back and taken some important wickets for us.

    “Amir we already know is one of the best bowlers in the world who swings the ball both ways. That puts pressure on the batsmen to play him.

    “It’s a good combination right now, we are trying to take wickets and that is putting the team in a great position.”



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    WAQAR YOUNIS: PAKISTAN MUST STICK WITH WINNING FORMULA FOR BANGLADESH SHOWDOWN

    Pakistan have won their last three matches to boost their hopes of finishing in the top four
    They face Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday in their final game of the round-robin stage
    It’s still hard to know what to think about this Pakistan team.

    The win over Afghanistan on Sunday was not the performance of champions and yet, somehow and some way, they are still in contention for a semi-final spot and you can never write them off.

    Look at the history of our team and it has always been like this.

    Two years ago in the Champions Trophy we scratched and scrounged, got smashed by India and could have lost to Sri Lanka and then went on to win it all.

    This past year has been a poor one for Pakistan as well, and yet here we are.

    Even back in 1992, the best year Pakistan cricket has ever known, they started badly before they turned it around.

    These parallels with 27 years ago are almost impossible to ignore at this point.

    It is actually becoming quite scary at this point! Is history repeating itself? I have no idea but if Pakistan do make the semi-finals then they are going to be such a dangerous side.

    For that to happen they will need some results to go their way, but most importantly of all they will have to beat Bangladesh.

    To beat Bangladesh they will have to play better than they managed against Afghanistan.

    That was a pretty poor showing and, to be brutally honest, you have to say that Afghanistan lost that game with some silly mistakes.

    But what a rollercoaster ride it is to be a Pakistan supporter and a win at a World Cup is still a win. You cant worry too much about the manner of the victory – the win is all that matters.

    We were so lucky to escape and survive and still be floating in this World Cup – really it was thanks to Imad Wasim.

    Unfortunately it has always been this way for Pakistan, we don’t seem to be able to find that collective consistency.

    But there is no doubting the individual pure talent in our country, look at a guy like Imad who won us that game.

    We have got the players to beat anyone in this tournament. Just ask England, or New Zealand who have already been sent packing.

    We appear to have found a perfect XI at last, and I hope they don’t tinker with it anymore. Fakhar Zaman has had a poor tournament but I don’t think it would be right to drop him now.

    He should be given every chance to come good, and at the same time, just think how much pressure that would put on the player coming into the side at such an important time.

    Look at the other teams doing well in this World Cup and they are making very few changes.

    Pakistan have found a winning formula now and by the time they face Bangladesh, they will know what the top-four equation looks like.

    It’s a fascinating finale and how can you bet against a side with such talent and history on their side? It is do or die and that is when Pakistan produce their best.

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    The loss to India wasn’t a wake-up call, for we aren’t a bad team at all. But, naturally, if you lose to India things will be said. It happens in our part of the world,” Waqar Younis, a former captain and head coach of Pakistan, told The Telegraph at Edgbaston.

    After being beaten by India, Pakistan have, however, won all three matches.

    Informally speaking briefly during the India vs England World Cup match, on Sunday, Waqar added: “Pakistan are in the hunt for a semi-final berth, but there would be complications if England defeat India... It will help Pakistan if India win.”

    No wonder, even fans of Pakistan actually took to rooting for India — for a day, that is.

    “We always support India, we do,” quipped Waqar, grinning.

    Looking back on Saturday’s match against Afghanistan, which went to the last over, Waqar accepted that “Pakistan should have played better,” even though they got the two points.

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    Pakistan show promise for the future with Iman, Babar and Shaheen all impressing at Lord’s

    This venerable old ground has seen many a changing of the guard over the years, cricket’s ever-evolving story has seen more chapters written at Lord’s than anywhere else.

    And so it was again, as Pakistan’s emerging talent gave a glimpse of the future on a day one old warrior finally called time under the shadow of Old Father Time.

    Iman Ul Haq, just 23, became the youngest Pakistan player to score an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup century with a swashbuckling show as his team recorded a confident 94-run victory over Bangladesh.

    Babar Azam, fresh from his 100 against New Zealand, fell just short of three figures but his 474 runs is the best return by a Pakistan player in the 44-year history of this tournament. Not bad for a 24-year old, whose precision timing and expansive game make him a joy to watch.

    And then there was Shaheen Afridi, just 19, bettering Shahid Afridi’s World Cup bowling figures record for Pakistan - taking the first six wicket haul of the tournament with a brutish display of pace and aggression that probably had the semi-finalists watching with relief he was now flying home.

    No wonder former captain Shoaib Malik, who announced his retirement as Pakistan’s World Cup campaign finally came to an end, is excited about what those he leaves behind might yet achieve.

    “That performance by Shaheen, that was the best bowling display I’ve ever seen,” said captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, after he’d posted figures of 6/35. “His consistency was just amazing, it was a pleasure to watch behind the stumps.

    “The way the team have played in the last four games is a credit to them, even if we have not qualified.”

    Afridi seemed a little embarrassed by the attention his bowling brought, though he might just have to get used to it, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza rightly labelling him the difference between the sides.

    Whatever the future for Pakistan cricket, he’s surely going to be part of the story.

    “I’m so happy with performance and taking six wickets is incredible,” said Shaheen. “It means so much to have this record when you think of all the legends of Pakistan cricket. To be able to take six wickets at Lord’s is a very big moment for me and my family, it’s the Home of Cricket and a very special place.

    “We’ve played such good cricket in the last four matches and it’s disappointing it’s nos over. This is my first World Cup, and the same for other players too, that is very good news for the future and four years’ time.”

    Consecutive wins over Bangladesh, Afghanistan, New Zealand and South Africa, coupled with an earlier victory against England, send Pakistan home with a tinge of optimism to counter the obvious disappointment. Claiming the scalps of two of the final four is another positive to accentuate.

    And they certainly board the plane a very different side to the team that had lost ten consecutive matches coming into this tournament, including 4-0 series defeat to England.

    "It's very unfortunate, we played good cricket but haven't qualified,” added Sarfaraz, who has rallied his team impressively since a heavy defeat to India at Old Trafford.

    “We’ve two months off now and then there is a lot of hard work to do. We’ve learned a lot and Pakistan will be stronger for this experience.”


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