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Legendary Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has admitted that the national team could “suffer badly” in their World Cup clash against Bangladesh on July 5 if their fielding standards drop.
Pakistan dropped seven catches in their 49-run win over South Africa, but they performed a lot better in the field in their World Cup clash against New Zealand on Wednesday, which they won by six wickets.
However, Qadir warned that if Pakistan’s fielding standards slip against Bangladesh, they will pay for it dearly.
Pakistan have to beat Afghanistan on Saturday and Bangladesh if they want to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.
But like Pakistan, Bangladesh have also won three games, lost three and had one match washed out.
“The way [the] Pakistan fielders dropped seven catches and won is remarkable and it clearly shows that [the] prayers of millions of Pakistani people are doing wonders for them,” Qadir told The Nation. “But Bangladesh will not give Pakistan [the] same liberty, if they repeat [the] same mistakes and give chances to them, they [will] suffer badly.
“The team played well and they must continue with same mentality against [their] remaining two opponents, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and leave the rest.”