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Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal believes that “fortune is playing crucial role” in the national team’s World Cup campaign.
Pakistan were on the brink of being eliminated from the tournament, but have won three games in a row – against South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan – to be in the mix for a spot in the semi-finals.
Having beaten Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday, Pakistan now have to beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday and hope that New Zealand beat England on Wednesday as that will secure them a spot in the last four.
However, Akmal feels that Pakistan’s success as of late has been down to pure luck, especially as they beat New Zealand with five balls to spare and Afghanistan with two balls remaining.
“Fortune is playing a crucial role in keeping Pakistan’s hopes alive in the World Cup,” Akmal told The Nation. “If we look at the team’s performances, it can be easily claimed that they don’t deserve to win matches.
“Despite making a lot of mistakes, luck has been favouring them time and [time] again. But how long they will rely on luck, instead every individual should play sensibly and play his significant role in the team’s triumphs.
“If Afghanistan’s skipper [Gulbadin Naib] utilised his options accordingly, Pakistan would have [been] bowled out much earlier. It was the worst decision to replace Rashid and Mujeeb and Nabi when they were bowling exceptionally and taking wickets.
“Irresponsible strokes and needless run outs could [have] also cost Pakistan dearly if Imad didn’t play a match-winning knock. Imad [was also] lucky to first survive the lbw call and then a simple catch was dropped by Asghar (Afghan), which was the turning point of the match.”