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Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir has admitted that he didn’t think the national team had what it took to qualify for the semi-finals right from the start of the World Cup.
Pakistan narrowly missed out on reaching the last four as New Zealand had a better net run rate than them.
After a dismal start to the tournament, Pakistan caught fire after their loss to India as they won four straight games, where they beat South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
They also took down England earlier on, but despite finishing with a record of five wins, three losses and one game being washed out, they fell agonisingly short of advancing to the semi-finals.
“To be brutally honest, Pakistan’s exit after the group stage was always on the cards,” Tanvir wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “If you look at our performances in ODIs in the last few years, and the two series preceding the World Cup, coupled with an embarrassing loss to Afghanistan in the warm-up game, it was clear that we would struggle in the tournament.
“Yes, things could have been different had we somehow qualified for the semi-finals as after that point all sides have an equal chance of going through – at that point, regardless of the final result, I would have said “mission accomplished” for Pakistan. But sadly that did not happen and we ended up coming home before the semi-finals.”