Pakistan will be dangerous if they enter semis: Waqar Younis
LONDON: In an inspiring race similar to its 1992 World Cup winning campaign, Pakistan won three consecutive games to be alive in the ongoing ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup. The Green Brigade moved up to fourth place in the points table before England's 31-race victory over India on Sunday pushed the place led by Sarfaraz Ahmed down.
With a game to play, Pakistan still has the chance to reach the round of 16 and the former captain Waqar Younis He feels that if Sarfaraz's team enters the semifinals, it would be the most dangerous side.
Waqar, however, also noted that Pakistan will not only have to win, but should also raise the level in its final league game against Bangladesh.
It's getting pretty scary right now! Is the story repeating itself? I have no idea, but if Pakistan reaches the semifinals, then it will be such a dangerous side. For that to happen, they will need some results to keep going, but most important of all, they will have to beat Bangladesh, Waqar wrote in his ICC column.
To beat Bangladesh, they will have to play better than they did against Afghanistan. The victory over Afghanistan on Sunday was not the performance of the champions and yet, somehow and in some way, they are still in contention for a semi-final stand and you can never discard them, he added.
Imad Wasim, 47, also credited bowler Imad Wasim for Pakistan's victory in three wins over Afghanistan's triumph on June 29.
We were lucky enough to escape and survive and still float in this World Cup, it was really thanks to Imad Wasim. Unfortunately, it has always been that way for Pakistan, it does not seem that we can find that collective consistency, he said.
But there is no doubt of the pure individual talent in our country, look at a guy like Imad who won that game, Waqar added.
He also suggested that team management should not make many changes in Pakistan's eleven-game and should stick to the winning combination. Waqar also felt that although starter Fakhar Zaman was battling, he should have more opportunities.
It seems that we have finally found a perfect XI, and I hope that they (team management) do not play again. Fakhar Zaman has had a poor tournament, but I do not think it's right to abandon him now. expressed the former captain of Pakistan.
He (Fakhar) should be given every opportunity to get it right, and at the same time, just think how much pressure he could put on the player next to him at such an important moment, he endorsed the first match and added: Look at the other teams do well in this World Cup and they are making very few changes.
Fifth place with nine points, Pakistan will not only have to record a victory against Bangladesh on July 5, but at the same time, expect England host to lose their last league game against New Zealand, as it would increase their chances of entering to the semifinals.