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Pakistan left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir believes that all the preparation conducted for the World Cup “came to nothing” as the national team failed to make it to the semi-finals.
Pakistan got off to a rocky start in the first half of the tournament, but managed to register an impressive win over England.
However, after their loss to arch-rivals India, they bounced back superbly as they won their last four group stage matches against South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Despite this, they couldn’t make it to the semi-finals as New Zealand had a better net run rate than them.
“For the past three years or so, we were being told that preparations were in progress for the World Cup in 2019,” Tanvir wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “The team combination was being groomed for this reason so one can also say that at the end of the day, the results show that this preparation came to nothing and we failed in our objectives.
“We were unable to obtain the desired results. We did not qualify for the semi-finals and that I am afraid, is the bottom line.”