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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja believes that the two biggest mistakes the national team made at the World Cup was not letting left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi and batsman Haris Sohail play more games.
Afridi took 16 wickets in five games at an average of 14.62.
Afridi made history with his figures of 6-35 in Pakistan’s 94-run win over Bangladesh in the World Cup on Friday.
Afridi, 19, not only became the youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match, but he also registered the best figures by a Pakistan player in a World Cup game.
As for Haris, he amassed 198 runs in five games, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 39.60.
Pakistan were eliminated from the World Cup as they couldn’t beat Bangladesh by a large enough margin at Lord’s.
“Pakistan didn’t [go] with the right combination early on, Shaheen Shah Afridi only represented Pakistan in just five matches out of nine, the same goes with Haris Sohail, who was benched for no good reason. These were the two major mistakes committed by the team,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.
“The loss against the West Indies was in reality the biggest hampering point for Pakistan, as the team was unable to recover from the negative net run rate.”