Pakistan cricket team returns home after World Cup exit

The Men in Green failed to qualify for the semi-finals stage of the mega event

Pakistan cricket team returns home after World Cup exit PHOTO: AFP

The Pakistan cricket team returned from the United Kingdom in the wee hours of July 7, after participating in the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in England and Wales.

According to a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), seventeen members of the side arrived on Sunday, while the remaining nine members — Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Manager Talat Ali, Head Coach Mickey Arthur, Bowling Coach Azhar Mahmood and Batting Coach Grant Flower — will return at a later date.

Pakistan Cricket team Captain @SarfarazA_54 reached home from England. Fans chanting Pakistan Zindabad.#CWC19 #PakistanCricket

— Irshad Ali (@irshadaajnews) July 6, 2019

There was vision only opportunity at the Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi airports, but the players will speak with the media as per the following schedule:-

Sunday, July 7 — Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will hold a media conference at the Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre, Karachi, at 2:30pm.

Monday, July 8 — Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim will hold a media conference at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi, at 4pm.

Tuesday, July 9 – Babar Azam and Imamul Haq will hold a media conference in the press conference room, Far End, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, at 2:30pm.

Pakistan thumped Bangladesh by 94 runs in their final 2019 World Cup group match on Friday but it was not enough to earn them a place in the semi-finals as New Zealand went through on net run-rate.

Sarfaraz Ahmed's team needed to smash the world record for margin of victory in a one-day international after winning the toss to keep the dream alive, but a miracle win never looked remotely likely at a sun-drenched Lord's.

Their total of 315 for nine meant Bangladesh needed only eight runs to end Pakistan's hopes of progress at the tournament and they reached that in the second over.