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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has revealed that it will be “very difficult” for Afghanistan and Bangladesh to beat the national team.
Ramiz’s comments come after Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets and kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.
Despite this, Ramiz noted that Pakistan are red-hot at the moment and any team will have their work cut out for them in trying to defeat the men in green.
“This team has finally stood up; and I am getting the feeling that it [will] be very difficult for any side to beat Pakistan now,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “However, Pakistan needs to concentrate on the upcoming two matches and aim towards winning them.
“The team should give their 100 percent and then see what happens.”