World Cup 2019: Mohammad Hafeez says entire team responsible for Pakistan’s downfall

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Mohammad Hafeez says entire team responsible for Pakistan’s downfallWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan have just managed to win one of their five games and are almost out of the contention of making it to the semi-finals.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service LondonJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 13:53 IST Mohammad Hafeez also defended the decision to send India in to bat after winning the toss in their last match (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan are languishing in 9th place in the points table with just 1 win so farPakistan are almost out of the contention of making it to the semi-finalsPakistan need to win all four of their remaining gamesVeteran Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez feels the inability of the team to come out with a collective performance has been the main reason for their dismal show so far in the ongoing World Cup in England.Pakistan have just managed to win one of their five games and are almost out of the contention of making it to the semi-finals. The team has come under sharp criticism from all quarters following their embarrassing 89-run defeat against arch-rivals India on June 16.”We failed collectively as a team. We could not produce a team effort and individual brilliance did not help us either. In cricket these days, you need team performance… inputs from everyone,” Hafeez was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s Geo TV following team’s practice session at the Lord’s on Thursday.”We can’t blame any single person, everyone is responsible for failing to deliver,” he added.The team, especially skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, has been drawing a lot of flak for its decision to bowl against India. They conceded a total of 336 and failed to chase down the total at the Old Trafford.Hafeez defended the decision to send India in to bat after winning the toss, despite advice from Prime Minister Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their 1992 World Cup win, to do the opposite.”It was a team decision and that cannot be made on what someone has tweeted. It was the team’s decision. We didn’t bowl well and that’s why we lost that game,” he said.Pakistan need to win all four of their remaining games and hope other results go in their favour, with four teams qualifying from the round-robin phase.advertisement”All is not finished for us. We are focused on our next game and we are eager to win that match. We got ample time after the India game to regroup for a new beginning,” Hafeez said.They will next face South Africa on Sunday, following which they will play New Zealand (June 26), Afghanistan (June 29) and Bangladesh (July 5).For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow Mohammad HafeezFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

China swim king demands open hearing in doping case Report

first_imgBeijing: Under-fire swimming superstar Sun Yang has asked for a public hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Chinese state media reported Saturday, where he will mount a defence against explosive doping allegations. Sun is one of the biggest names in the sport, the only swimmer to capture Olympic gold over 200, 400 and 1,500 metres, but has been plagued by scandal throughout his career. A leaked report by swimming’s world body FINA claimed Sun, the sport’s pantomime villain, destroyed his own blood samples with a hammer last September. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFINA cleared Sun to compete but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has appealed the decision at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which will hold hearings in September, with the swimmer’s career on the line. Sun’s lawyers released a statement on Friday demanding a public hearing “to be fully transparent and to clear his name”, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported in a dispatch from Geneva. The explosive contents of the FINA report were published by Australia’s Sunday Telegraph, and Sun’s lawyers accused the newspaper of publishing “an incomplete and biased account of the drug testing on Sun Yang” and of defaming the swimmer, Xinhua said.last_img read more