Pakistan team upbeat ahead of South Africa clash

Men in Green need a win to stay alive in the 2019 World Cup

Pakistan team upbeat ahead of South Africa clash PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Tranquility has seemingly returned to the Pakistan camp ahead of their crucial 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup clash against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday, June 23.

The Men in Green desperately need a win to stay alive in the tournament as they only have three points from five games in the tournament so far.  

After a series of disappointing performances in the tournament, rumours of rift within the side were the talk of the town but now it seems that players are once again united under the leadership of captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.

The Pakistan skipper has asked his team to concentrate on giving their best on the field, rather than getting bothered by the criticism from former cricketers and on social media.

Earlier Sarfaraz had lashed out at some members of his team, after the team’s humiliating loss at the hands of India.

According to sources, Sarfaraz had accused pacer Wahab Riaz, batsmen Imamul Haq and Babar Azam and all-rounder Imad Wasim for underperforming and forming a group within the side, in the dressing room after the match against India. He also termed Wasim as the leader of the group and someone who has his eyes set on becoming the captain of the side.

Ahead of the important match against South Africa, the team management has decided to drop veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik from the side, who only has eight runs in three innings with the bat during the World Cup so far, which could mean an end to his ODI career as he has already announced his retirement from the 50-over format after the conclusion of the mega event.