Cricket World Cup 2019: Imad Wasim not ruling out late Pakistan charge for semi-final spot

Waseem Ahmed 17:07 18/06/2019
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Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim.

Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim believes his side can still make the semi-final of the 2019 ICC World Cup should the results of some other games go that way.

The Men in Green find their semi-final hopes hanging by a thread following their comprehensive 89-run loss to arch-rivals India at Manchester on Sunday.

That loss against Virat Kohli and his men has seen Pakistan slide down to ninth spot in the 10-team table with just three points in their bag after a total of five games. Their negative run-rate has only compounded matters for Pakistan and they must now win all four of their remaining clashes to stand any chance of sneaking into the top four.

“This (India loss) was a really, really disappointing result for us,” Imad was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“When we came back on after the rain, there was very little we could do, but we know we have four matches left and if we win those, we still have a chance.

“Results of the other countries may come into play. From our point of view, we can only do what we can. What is in our hands is to try to win all four games and take it from there.”

Pakistan’s four remaining clashes are against South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Afghanistan. They will next take on South Africa at the Lord’s Cricket Ground at London on June 23.

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