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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has made it clear that he never thought he national team would make it to the semi-finals at the World Cup.
He added that anyone who thought the national team would go on to win the showpiece event were just “daydreaming”.
Akmal’s comments come after 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 only four group stage matches to go, Pakistan’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals are in real danger.
“The Pakistan team was never a contender for [the] semi-finals, so thinking about winning the World Cup with such players was nothing more than daydreaming,” he told The Nation. “The batting order is very poor, while captain [Sarfraz Ahmed] is not looking in any sort of command and committing a lot of mistakes, which are ultimately hurting the national cause.
“Now the best thing for Pakistan is to win as [many] matches as they can from the remaining matches and end the [World Cup] on a high note.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.