Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur said, ‘Babar Azam needs divine help to play World Cup semi-final.’ Pakistan have won their last two matches in the World Cup and are in the semi-finals. But there is still the if-but equation. In the next match, not only England will have to lose, but New Zealand will have to lose to Sri Lanka. Otherwise England will lose by a big margin. Afghanistan also have to lose against South Africa. However, Afghanistan is ahead of Pakistan-New Zealand in the semi-final race. If Pakistan survives this equation, they are more than likely to face arch-rivals India in the semi-finals. “Who knows how we’ll do in this competition, my mind says we’ll play the semi-finals, see what happens,” Arthur said on Monday. The way we play on Saturday, we will get the result. God willing we will play the semi-finals, but we have to play well. I think we played great against Bangladesh.
Arthur said about Fakhar Zaman, who batted well against New Zealand, ‘What I have seen since he arrived, he is amazing! He can give us something great in this kind of tournament.’
Rauf’s rib injury
Pakistani cricketer Haris Rauf underwent a rib MRI in a Kolkata hospital on Monday. The pacer suffered a rib injury in the match against New Zealand. He left the field. He returned to Kolkata to examine the injury. Pakistan’s hopes of reaching the last four are not over yet. As a result, Rauf’s health is the most important thing now. Although Rauf is yet to receive the report, the injury is believed to be not serious. Fakhar Zaman, Zaman Khan, Mohammad Wasim also went to the hospital for health check-up. Meanwhile, Hasan Ali went to a popular shopping mall in South Kolkata with his wife and daughter. He made purchases from Kolkata before returning home.