Pakistan have been eliminated from the knockout stage of the ODI World Cup 2023. The 1992 Cricket World Cup champions gave themselves a poor account as they ended their campaign with just four wins in nine matches. The Babar Azam-led side put up a below-par show at the prestigious tournament, inviting a lot of backlash from many former cricketers. Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik criticized the team management and the cricket board for not having more players like Team India, who even had a backup plan despite a vital injury.
Shoaib said that the Pakistan Cricket Board always goes into a rebuilding process but they fail to stick to their own decisions.
“In this World Cup, India was covered from all aspects. I am talking about only three departments – bowling, batting and fielding. They also suffered injuries but kept their plan B ready. Moving forward, we are pool of players will be the most important thing.” Shoaib Malik said on A Sports.
“The pool of players in all formats and should have an equal chance to get so that when the opportunity comes, they are ready. We go in the rebuilding process, but we do not stick to our own decisions. We do not work consistently. on our decisions. We should learn from India,” he said.
England smashed Pakistan by 93 runs to end an unforgettable World Cup campaign on a winning note in Kolkata on Saturday.
England scored a competitive 337 for nine in their last match of the tournament, and then stopped Pakistan at 244 in 43.3 overs.
Agha Salman (51 off 45 balls) was the only Pakistani batsman to score a half-century.
Playing his last match in England colours, David Willey (3/56) grabbed two early wickets to pin Pakistan back at the start of their chase.
A 53-run partnership for the last wicket between Haris Rauf (35 for 23) and Mohammad Wasim Jr (16 for 14) only delayed the inevitable.
First, Jonny Bairstow (31) and Dawid Malan (59) added 82 runs for the first wicket before all-tournament star Ben Stokes hit 84 runs from 76 balls with the help of 11 fours and two sixes.
Joe Root compiled a neat 60 off 72 balls.
The pair of Stokes and Root put on 132 runs for the third wicket to power the defending champions, who will be returning home after this match.
For Pakistan, Haris Rauf took three wickets for 64 runs while Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Wasim took two each.
Summary Scores: England: 337/9 in 50 overs (Ben Stokes 84, Joe Root 60, Jonny Bairstow 59; Haris Rauf 3/64). Pakistan: 244 all out in 43.3 overs (Agha Salman 51; David Willey 3/56).
(With PTI Inputs)
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