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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has called for major changes to be made to the national team following their disastrous performance in the ongoing World Cup.
Pakistan lost to arch-rivals India by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in their World Cup clash on Sunday.
India’s victory extended their unbeaten streak against Pakistan as they have now won all seven of their meetings against their arch-rivals in the World Cup.
To make matters worse, Pakistan have now only won one of the five World Cup games they have played.
With that in mind, Ramiz admitted that it will be extremely difficult for the men in green to qualify for the semi-finals.
“It is very difficult for Pakistan to be among the top four teams even if they win all their remaining fixtures of the tournament,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by Dawn. “Every defeat is followed by introspection and opportunity. Every defeat needs a change. I feel that the time has come to completely revamp Pakistan cricket.
“Your World Cup ends when you lose to India. And if you lose after such a no-show, then your fans will be angry with you. Your system, captaincy and skills will be challenged. When you don’t learn from your mistakes then there will be frustration.”
Ramiz added that Pakistan’s tag of being unpredictable is proving to be correct as they have not done anything, barring a narrow win over England, to make people think otherwise.
“It was promised that the ‘unpredictable’ tag would be removed, but that tag has become more prominent now,” he said. “The win against England was an anomaly. In fact, they should have conceded defeat in every match.
“A team gets five years to prepare for the World Cup and become competitive.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.