Pakistan only responsible for being knocked out: Shoaib

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels Pakistan have only themselves to blame for failing to qualify in the semi-final of the World Cup.

There were many ups and downs for Pakistan in this World Cup. They started the tournament with a horrible performance against West Indies, but then came back strongly by beating South Africa, New Zealand and the hosts England.

However, despite of the wins against the big teams, their fate was depending on India as they needed the hosts England to lose two games in a row.

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In the end, it didn’t happen as England won both the games comfortably and with this, Pakistan are now left with almost an impossible task to complete against Bangladesh to qualify for the semi-final.

Meanwhile, former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar feels Pakistan is only responsible for being in this situation.

“I am not happy with the quality of cricket being played in this World Cup. The quality of cricket has gone down immensely. It has become very easy to score runs. The bowlers don’t have the quality, the pace and the spin, which bowlers in 1990s and early 2000s used to have. There are three powerplays and two new balls which has made it very easy to score runs.”

However, Shoaib was not too impressed for the way New Zealand played against England where they got thrashed by 119 runs.

“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.”

The former fast bowler wants Pakistan to beat Bangladesh in their final game and insists the team to play for their pride.

“All is not lost still. We have to play for our pride against Bangladesh. Pakistan have to make sure they don’t get humiliated and therefore they should play good cricket against Bangladesh,” he concluded.

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