Moin Khan backs Pakistan's show in World Cup 2019

Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in its final group stage match of the ongoing World Cup at the Lord’s on Friday.

In World Cup 2019, Pakistan has won five games out of eight with one match being a washout.   -  Reuters Photo

Facing the ire of critics and fans alike, the Pakistan cricket team found an ally in former captain Moin Khan, who believes the 1992 champion did not had a disastrous World Cup campaign despite standing on the verge of ouster.

Pakistan’s hopes of sealing a semifinal berth was trampled when arch-rivals India and New Zealand lost to England, leaving the road to the knockout stage for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men just an improbable mathematical calculation.

Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in its final group stage match at the Lord’s in London on Friday.

“Look if we win against Bangladesh we would end the World Cup with five wins out of nine with one match abandoned which is not a bad performance by my standards. So, whatever the PCB does it needs to think very carefully because just changing faces or positions will not help,” Moin said.

Pakistan has won five games out of eight with one match being a washout. It suffered heavy defeats at the hands of India, Australia and the West Indies.

Citing the example of reigning champion Australia and its impressive turnaround, former Test batsman Basit Ali said professionalism and accountability is the need of the hour for Pakistan cricket.

“Australia till recently were being badly bruised and beaten at home by India and see how they staged a comeback and are now top of the World Cup points table. We need that sort of professionalism, planning, and accountability of players and coaches in our system,” Ali said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already announced that its revamped cricket committee will hold a robust inquiry into the team’s performances in the last three years before making recommendations to the chairman for action.