The fiasco at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai which forced the cancellation of a scheduled meeting between the heads of the Pakistani and Indian cricket boards has shocked Pakistanis everywhere. While I am sure that every Pakistani cricket fan would like to see the resumption of cricketing ties between the two countries, no one would agree to the sacrifice of national pride and self respect to achieve this end.
Although it hurts to see Pakistan out of the 2015 World Cup, the fact of the matter, which has to be acknowledged, is that the four teams that have played the best cricket in this World Cup are in the semi-finals. They are also the four top rated teams in the current ICC ODI Rankings and thus I do not think any honest observer can seriously contest their right to be where they are.
Pakistani hearts must have been broken to see their side exit the World Cup after their six wicket defeat at the hands of Australia in Adelaide. In years to come, when people read the scorecard of this match, they will probably think that it was a very one-sided encounter but in actual fact and deed, it was a close contest.
The game against the UAE at last produced the sort of batting performance that all Pakistani fans had been waiting for with good contributions down the line from everyone except Nasir Jamshed.
The utter and complete rout that we suffered at the hands of the West Indies was not only disappointing; it was positively shocking, feels former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal.
Pakistan should be able to make it to the quarters. Thereafter, it is a question of which team performs on the day and who is favoured by that enigmatic factor known as the rub of the green, feels former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal.
The defeat at the hands of India in our opening World Cup encounter would have broken every single Pakistani heart. The game meant so much and it ended in such heart break.