LONDON: Pakistan faces an mounting task against Bangladesh on Friday if they want to qualify for the Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals, requiring conquest with an improbable 316-run margin if they wish to be placed among the final four.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed feels things would have been different if there was a head-to-head confrontation instead of net run rate (NRR) criteria between the two teams to move at the forefront in the tournament as Pakistan’s NRR suffered heavily due to a crushing defeat at the hands of West Indies.
Speaking in a press conference in London, skipper said, “we have beaten England and New Zealand and they’re through. But, we can’t do much about it. The tournament formula is already decided and it was decided after due diligence.”
He agreed that the defeats against West Indies and Australia irk Pakistan.
The wicket-keeper batsman added, “we lost by a big margin against West Indies which dented our NRR, and then against Australia we lost the game from a position where we could have won. I believe that if we had won that match, things would have been different for us today.”
Skipper, however, affirmed that that his squad would go extreme against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday to end the campaign on a high-note. He said, “we will go out, we will give our best. I know the task is very unrealistic, but we will try our best and if a miracle happens, who knows.”
Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi’s performance were the positive points of the tournament for Pakistan, along with comeback performances by Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Aamir, skipper said in response to a question.