Pakistan finished their World Cup campaign with 11 points, equal to the points accumulated by New Zealand but the Green Shirts had to face elimination by virtue of their inferior net run-rate. The NRR metric has a result attracted criticism from Pakistan fandom since Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men had emerged triumphant over semi-finalists New Zealand in their encounter in the group phase.
As a result, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to consider scrapping the net run-rate rule and instead adopting a head-to-head system.
“I would have liked the ICC to consider head to head because tonight we would be in the semi-final. It is disappointing, and it just goes back to our first game (a heavy defeat) against the West Indies,” a distraught Mickey complained.
“We had an opportunity to beat Australia and we didn't take that. Those are the two nightmares I'm going to have,” he regretted.