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Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes that the national team didn’t reach the World Cup semi-finals since their match against Sri Lanka was washed out.
Pakistan were supposed to play Sri Lanka in Bristol, but persistent rain led to the match being abandoned without a single ball bowled.
Afridi feels that Pakistan would have won the match, and it would have resulted in them getting into the last four as New Zealand went through ahead of the men in green due to their superior net run rate.
However, had Pakistan beaten Sri Lanka in that match, they would have advanced to the semi-finals as they would have had more points than New Zealand.
“Although it was a highly humiliating loss [to the West Indies], the team produced a [superb] result against England, who were hot favourites,” Afridi told The Nation. “While the momentum was [with] Pakistan, the rain spoiled all the good work done by [them when they were supposed to face] Sri Lanka. Had the rain not washed out play, Pakistan could have qualified for the World Cup semi-finals.”