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Hafeez disappointed with Pakistan's dismal run in World Cup
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Hafeez disappointed with Pakistan's dismal run in World Cup

Mohammad Hafeez stated Pakistan's World Cup slump, which has seen them acquire just three points in five games, is hurting the players as they face an uphill task to reach the semi-finals.

Pakistan are currently ranked number nine in the ten-team table, behind the minnows Afghanistan who are making only their second World Cup appearance.

The 1992 World Cup champions need to win the remainder of their games in the tournament and hope other results go their favour too if they are to finish among the top four teams.

Pakistan will now take on the beleaguered South Africa, who themselves are on the edge of a first-round exit as the two teams clash at Lord's on Sunday.

Hafeez claimed the players were ready to take up responsibility and make improvements in their game considering the dire situation they find themselves in.

"I tell you that to see the team at number nine is hurting all of us," said the veteran all-rounder.

A shambolic batting display in their opening game of the tournament against the West Indies saw Pakistan collapse to just 105 runs on the board.

Following the humiliating seven-wicket loss, Pakistan pulled off a surprise win over pre-tournament favourites England courtesy a majestic knock of 84 from Hafeez.

Since this solitary victory, it's all been downhill for Pakistan as they had a washed out game against Sri Lanka before defeats to Australia and arch-rivals India.

'We can't blame any single individual'

Hafeez refused to pinpoint blame on any particular player and acknowledged the whole team was culpable.

"We failed collectively as a team," said Hafeez. "We could not produce a team effort and individual brilliance did not help us either. In cricket these days, you need a team performance."

"We can't blame any single person. Everyone is responsible for failing to deliver," added the 38-year-old, who felt the media coverage in the aftermath of the defeat to India has been highly offensive and dispiriting.

"All of us are also hurt by the negative campaign in the media where players and their families were targeted. There was talk of groupings (factions) in the team which was wrong.

"Why don't you talk about such things when the team is winning?"

Despite the precarious position Pakistan are presently in, Hafeez said the players were confident about ending the tournament on a high.

"All is not finished for us," he said. "We are focused on our next game and we are eager to win that match. We had ample time after the India game to regroup for a new beginning."

Hafeez also addressed the criticism directed at Pakistan for putting in India to bat first after winning the toss at Old Trafford, even though Prime Minister Imran Khan had advised the team on twitter to rely on their ability to defend a target.

“It was a team decision and that cannot be made on what someone has tweeted. It was the team's decision. We didn’t bowl well and that's why we lost that game," he said.