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Legendary Pakistan all-rounder and former captain Shahid Afridi believes that the national team failed to take advantage of the fact that they had more team than any other international team to get accustomed to the conditions in England ahead of the World Cup.
Pakistan even played a one-off Twenty20 International and a five-match ODI series against England prior to the start of the World Cup.
Afridi noted that Pakistan should have used that time to do all the necessary preparations and work out their team combination and gameplan for the World Cup.
Pakistan fell agonisingly short of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals as New Zealand edged them out for the final spot in the last four since they had a superior net run rate.
“Pakistan failed to take advantage [of] the fact that they [were] the only team after the hosts who were in England well before the start of the mega event and they had ample time to adjust and prepare a set combination,” Afridi told The Nation.