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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has called on the national team to play for national pride and avoid being humiliated in their World Cup clash against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.
Akhtar’s comments come as Pakistan need a miracle to advance to the World Cup semi-finals as they will have to beat Bangladesh by over 300 runs.
Facing a near impossible task, Akhtar urged the national team to ensure they give their fans something to cheer about in their last World Cup group stage match.
Akhtar also warned the men in green that Bangladesh are already out of contention when it comes to the semi-finals and have nothing to lose going into the game.
“This is the end of journey for Pakistan and that is because of our own faults,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “However, all is not lost. We need to play for our pride. Pakistan need to play well now to avoid humiliation. They need to play a good game of cricket against Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh is going to come back hard [at] you.”