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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif has lashed out at the national team for not paying attention to their net run rate in their World Cup wins over New Zealand and Afghanistan.
Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets with five balls to spare at Edgbaston, while they narrowly defeated Afghanistan by three wickets with two balls to spare at Headingley on Saturday.
However, with the net run rate being so important in the World Cup right now as many teams are vying for a spot in the semi-finals, Latif pointed out that Pakistan should have won their matches against New Zealand and Afghanistan in quicker time.
“I feel Pakistan missed a simple trick against Afghanistan,” Latif told The Nation. “After getting early wickets, Pakistan allowed them to stage a comeback in the match and didn’t apply the pressure, which could [have] stopped them from scoring [over] 200 [runs].
“Nobody bothered to keep an eye on the net run rate. I have mentioned that New Zealand could still be out of the ICC World Cup as they [have] 11 points and [have had] to play some very tough matches. Pakistan [had] to improve their run rate, but nothing happened. The team management was more concern about winning matches against South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan and was content with two points.”
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 World Cup semi-finals.