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Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal believes that the national team’s failure to maintain a healthy net run rate and their loss to the West Indies were the two key reasons why they failed to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals.
Pakistan were skittled out for 105 in their World Cup opener against the West Indies and subsequently lost by seven wickets with 218 balls to spare.
In regards to their net run rate, Pakistan won their last four World Cup matches, but since their triumphs over New Zealand and Afghanistan came in the final over of the match, it didn’t help in boosting their net run rate.
As a result, they had to beat Bangladesh by over 300 runs in their final group stage match.
But, since they only won by 94 runs, New Zealand advanced to the semi-finals since they had a superior net run rate.
“Pakistan could have been in the semi finals had they planned better in managing their run rate,” Asif was quoted as saying by bdcrictime.com. “Losing to the West Indies badly in the opening match didn’t help either. [The] only consolation for them is that they beat both the finalists in the [group stage].”