Karachi, Feb 16 - Pakistan national team selector Shoaib Muhammad has claimed that their players have limited talent, while Pakistani experts have expressed their disappointment on their 76-run loss to arch-rivals India in their World Cup opener on Sunday in Adelaide.
Shoaib said that the fact is that most of their players have limited talent, adding that the batsmen especially do not have a strong base and are still not aware of the importance of converting their starts into big performances.
Karachi, Feb 16 - Former Pakistani Test team skipper Javed Miandad has claimed that the national team selectors approach in the World Cup is mind boggling questioned why they promoted beleaguered Younis Khan as an opener.
Pakistan lost their Cricket World Cup opener by 76 runs to arch-rivals India on Sunday at the Adelaide Oval , and Miandad believes that it was because of the selectors experimenting with the team.
Karachi: Pakistan's World Cup winning captain Imran Khan took to a social networking site to console the crestfallen Pakistanis after Sunday's defeat to India in Adelaide.
Imran, who admitted he had watched a cricket match properly for the first time in years, said that Pakistanis shouldn't get depressed over the defeat.
"Pakistanis shouldn't get depressed over today's loss to India. If performance is accurately analysed, the defeat can be a blessing in disguise," he wrote on Twitter.
Karachi, Feb 14 : Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that a dominating World Cup record against Pakistan would have less impact during their high-voltage clash on Sunday in Adelaide.
India have won all five of their previous head-to-head World Cup matches against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Reflecting on a comforting record against Pakistan, Dhoni said that he was not bothered about statistics as what happened in the past would count for little in what is a prized game for all, adding that the only thing that would matter was how they play, the Dawn reported.
Karachi, Feb 14 - Pakistan cricket team captain Misbah-ul Haq has claimed that it is his side's chance to create history, ahead of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan Cricket World Cup opener on Sunday.
Pakistan have an embarrassing string of World Cup flops against their arch-rivals India and Misbah regards their tournament opener on Sunday at Adelaide as an opportunity to end it.
Pakistan have lost all their five World Cup matches to India dating back to 1992, even though they hold a superior 72-50 win record against the neighbours in ODIs, The Dawn reported.
Karachi, Feb 13 - After being ruled out of the World Cup squad in view of a calf injury, Pakistan veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez claimed that he would have regained fitness before the much-anticipated World Cup clash against India on Sunday.
Hafeez's medical report stated that the player would require at least three weeks to recover from his injury, adding that it was not though guaranteed that he would remain a hundred per cent fit throughout the tournament after regaining fitness.
Karachi, Feb 13 : Pakistan veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq believes that only a positive and aggressive approach will help Misbah-ul-Haq's side to topple defending champions India in their much-anticipated World Cup clash on Sunday in Adelaide.
Razzaq, a veteran of 265 ODI games, said that the team which could lift itself to perform better on that day would have the best chance to win the upcoming encounter, Pak Passion reported.
Karachi, Feb 12 : Former Pakistan pace spearhead and current coach Waqar Younis has warned his players not to get carried away and lose focus after winning two back to back warm-up games against Bangladesh and England respectively.
Reflecting on warm-up games, Waqar said that those were just warm-up games and one must not derive conclusions from there, adding that but they must take positives from the win as they bowled and fielded really well, the Dawn reported.
Karachi, Feb 11 : Pakistan ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has reportedly been not included in the World Cup squad despite getting the ICC's green signal for his reformed action due to a tussle with a top PCB official.
According to the Dawn, a PCB official said that while it might seem like Ajmal was not being rushed back into action as he was not match fit, the real reason for not including him goes back to August 2014.
Karachi, Feb 11 : Former Pakistan skipper and current chief selector Moin Khan reckons that the Misbah-ul-Haq's team has the best chance to break the World Cup jinx against defending champions India in the much- anticipated upcoming clash at Adelaide on Sunday.
India have defeated Pakistan in all the five World Cup outings - in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003 and the 2011 semifinal.
Khan said that the Indian team was not what it used to be and Pakistan players would try their best to defeat them this team, the Dawn reported.
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