Pakistan keen to shed 'unpredictable' tag

Published June 4, 2019
Hasan Ali celebrates after taking a wicket. — Reuters/File
Hasan Ali celebrates after taking a wicket. — Reuters/File

After being routed by West Indies in their World Cup opener and shocking England on Monday, Pakistan are living up to their billing as cricket's most unpredictable side but quick Hasan Ali says they are determined to find a measure of consistency.

The 1992 champions went into their opener against West Indies on the back of 10 straight losses and did nothing to boost their confidence after being bundled out for 105 inside 22 overs en route to a seven-wicket drubbing.

However, Pakistan turned the tables on England, the world's top-ranked one-day international side, with a 14-run victory at Trent Bridge to get their World Cup campaign back on track. “We had an upset against the West Indies on Friday but, yes, the guys bounced back very well,” fast bowler Hasan told reporters.

“We do a lot of hard work and we believe in ourselves and we have faith we can win the World Cup. People are saying we are unpredictable, but we don't like it.”

After the humbling against West Indies, Pakistan's batsmen went on the offensive against England, mustering 348-8 after being put in to bat first.

“We were very disappointed we lost 11 One Day International (ODI) games in a row but one thing is very important, we believed in ourselves,” Hasan said. “We needed just a little bit of a kick, and we got the kick. We are very confident, our team is very good and balanced."

“After the first match, we sat down and talked about our weaknesses and about our plans and execution, all these things. One thing is very important, our coach [Mickey Arthur] is always backing us,” he added.

Man-of-the-match Mohammad Hafeez, who top-scored for Pakistan with an 84 off 62 balls and also took the wicket of England captain Eoin Morgan, said Pakistan were desperate to turn things around.

“It's a feeling of total relief. After the game against the West Indies we were really looking forward to this match and putting things right,” he said.

“We know this team is very capable we just needed to start converting some matches into wins.”

Opinion

Diverging paths
Updated 15 Apr 2021

Diverging paths

It seems that Imran Khan is feeling the pain of the adjustment that he has had to undertake.
Judging the judges
15 Apr 2021

Judging the judges

In the end, like Joan of Arc, they were made to pay with their blood.
People to people
Updated 15 Apr 2021

People to people

By facilitating access, the governments of India and Pakistan can start to build trust and understanding between the two publics.
Hostage to extremism
Updated 14 Apr 2021

Hostage to extremism

Once again, the TLP has succeeded in bringing the administration to its knees.

Editorial

Afghanistan exit
Updated 15 Apr 2021

Afghanistan exit

Afghanistan has suffered for decades as powerful local players have refused to compromise and have insisted on hogging power.
15 Apr 2021

New census

EARLIER this week, the Council of Common Interests approved the controversial National Population and Housing ...
15 Apr 2021

With no place to go

No matter where one looks, one can’t escape the heartrending sight of scores of children of all ages begging, ...
TLP protests
Updated 14 Apr 2021

TLP protests

For the good of the country, and its image as a nation where extremism has no place, such groups must be strictly reined in.
14 Apr 2021

PPP’s formal exit

THE PPP’s formal resignation from all offices of the PDM comes as no surprise after weeks of tension and public...
14 Apr 2021

Natanz attack

AS the P5+1 and Iran try to breathe life back into the JCPOA, as the nuclear deal is officially known, it appears...