Pakistan have now failed to reach the semi-final stage for two consecutive World Cups. The Green Shirts won the Champions Trophy in 2017 and hoped to build on this to reclaim the World title.
However, owing to the inferior NRR, Pakistan missed out on progressing to the knockout stage. Pakistan's fast-bowler, Umar Gul believes that lack of vision and preparations contributed to the reasons for Pakistan's elimination.
“Every cricket-playing nation were fully prepared for the mega event while their squads were well-balanced but Pakistan team management was sleeping and neither justified their role (in planning) nor selected the best playing XI for every match of the World Cup. Pakistan squad wasn’t such a weak as compared to some other teams but the poor team selection was main reason behind its downfall," Gul said.
Moreover, instead of preparing the team for the next World Cup, which will be held in India, Gul thinks the board and national selectors will do absolutely nothing.