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Mike Atherton slams Pakistan’s intent against Bangladesh

Mike Atherton slams Pakistan’s intent against Bangladesh

Coming to the all-important game against Bangladesh, Pakistan needed to register a massive victory to have any hopes of semi-final qualification in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament. Cricket pundits were expecting the green team to come hard at Bangladesh after winning the toss. However, what followed baffled everyone as Pakistan never looked to aim for a total in excess of 400.

Despite knowing the semi-final’s qualification scenario and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed hinting towards aiming 500 runs in the presser, Pakistan’s approach was altogether different. This frustrated many members of the commentary panel including former English captain Mike Atherton.

Sharing his views on Pakistan’s game plan against in what proved to be their last World Cup fixture, the 51-year old was found extremely disappointed. Atherton argued that Pakistan could have included the firepower of Asif Ali at the expense of a bowler as they needed things to happen quickly. Although Pakistan ended their campaign on a high note by thumping Bangladesh by 94 runs, but the Manchester born wanted the boys in green to give their all to claim a semi-final spot.