I don’t have to say sorry, Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 performance wasn’t that bad: Sarfaraz AhmedICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan agonisingly missed out on the semi-final spot of the World Cup as they finished fifth despite being tied on points with fourth-placed New Zealand. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men lost out on a semi-final berth due to their inferior net run rate.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk KarachiJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 16:08 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan captain Safaraz Ahmed said coach Mickey Arthur helped them deal with difficult situations well in England (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan made a strong comeback after defeat to IndiaThe Pakistan captain spoke to the press upon arrival from EnglandPakistan failed to make the semi-finals of World Cup 2019Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed insisted there is no need for him to apologise for their performances in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, saying his team worked hard to get the right results in England.Speaking to the press in Karachi after Pakistan’s return from England, Sarfaraz Ahmed said the team responded very well after the defeat to India and bounced back strongly.Sarfaraz Ahmed also rued the net run rate rule that saw New Zealand edge past Pakistan into the semi-final despite both teams finishing the group-stages with 11 points each. Pakistan’s net run rate took a massive hit when they lost their first World Cup 2019 match to the West Indies by 7 wickets. Pakistan were bundled out for 105 after which West Indies gunned down the total in just 13.4 overs.”There is no need to say sorry. We worked hard and gave our best. We haven’t returned with 2-4 points, but with 11. We accept that we didn’t perform well as a team in the 1st 5 matches but it wasn’t as bad a performance as people are making it out to be,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.Pakistan were down and out after they lost their 5th match to arch-rivals India in Manchester on June 16. Sarfraz’s men lost all the momentum that they had gained after stunning England in their 2nd World Cup 2019 match after back-to-back defeats to Australia and India.Sarfaraz Ahmed pointed out that the personal abuse some of the Pakistan players received after defeat to India affected them psychologically but that the team management helped them handle the situation well.advertisementSarfaraz was body-shamed on a number of occasions and an unruly fan hurled hurtful comments at the Pakistan captain when he visited a UK mall with his son.Pakistan roared back to form after their loss to India as they kept themselves in contention for a semi-final spot with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan on the bounce. Sarfaraz’s men finished their campaign with a convincing win over Asian rivals Bangladesh at Lord’s on June 5.Sarfaraz reveals team meeting details after India lossRevealing that he had called for a meeting after the India defeat to address issues with the team, Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “In those 7 days [after the loss to India], we took 2 days off. After that I called for a team meeting with all the players. Our management was not there. I spoke from my heart. I noted down mistakes that were made in the first 5 matches and discussed it with the players.Sarfaraz added: “The good thing is the players responded well. In the last 4 matches, we made an outstanding comeback. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to qualify for the semi-final. We acknowledge that we didn’t play well in the first 5 matches. Unfortunately we were not able to qualify because of the net run rate.”As a team, we performed well. Most players, including seniors and young ones, performed well. They performed their roles well. I want to thank the support staff as well. They put in a lot of hard work. They tried their best to push us to better things.”MIckey Arthur, our coach,handled personnel really well. After the India match, we had a tough time. The way the management handled the situation was very good.”Also Read | Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur slams net run rate rule after missing semi-final berthAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals: India know what New Zealand are capable of, says Sanjay BangarAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Pakistan cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow Mickey Arthur
Leicester City could sell midfielder James Maddison, concedes Brendan Rodgers, though he has promised the club will not be made to part with their star player easily.Maddison enjoyed a strong debut campaign in the Premier League last season and has shown no signs of slowing down in his second.His performances have reportedly drawn the interest of clubs such as Manchester United, and Rodgers has previously admitted he understands the draw of those big sides for those players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career And while the Foxes don’t want to sell, as with former Leicester defender Harry Maguire, who made a record-breaking move to United this summer, Rodgers says every player has their price.“In a player’s career there will always be that temptation, but this is a club that doesn’t want to sell its best players,” Rodgers said ahead of Leicester’s weekend clash with Tottenham.“Of course, if there is a valuation met, which meets what the club perceive it to be worth, there will be a discussion. But it is not something we want to invite.“James is a very talented player for us. He has lots of improvements to make as a young player. He, along with a lot of young players here, we want to keep.“But of course, I am a realist as well and I understand how the market works. But it is not something we would be looking to entertain.”Leicester face a Spurs side that despite making the Champions League finals last season, have struggled to reach similar heights this season.Spurs have won just two of their first five Premier League matches, and drew Olympiakos in their Champions League opener midweek.But Rodgers believes his counterpart Maruicio Pochettino deserves credit for how he has taken Spurs up from where they were the last time the Foxes boss encountered them in the Premier League.“I would rather talk about the great job Mauricio Pochettino has done,” Rodgers added.“It’s the first time I have come across him for a number of years, since I was at Liverpool, when he was in the early stage of his career there and look where he is now and what he has achieved.“He’s a very talented coach. He has done a great job. It is a wonderful thing he has created. Look at how he has improved the players and the status he has given the club.”
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino suggested that his charges were still feeling the effects of a bruising defeat against Bayern Munich after they rescued a VAR-assisted draw late on against Watford on Saturday. Coming off a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of the Bundesliga giants and also falling 3-0 to Brighton, the international break was very much welcome for Spurs. But any hopes that they would come back from the recess refreshed were banished just six minutes in when Abdoulaye Doucoure fired Watford into the lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Not until the final moments did Spurs fight back, with Dele Alli netting a late equaliser amid no little controversy. The England international appeared to commit a foul before scoring and Tottenham’s VAR decision big screen initially signalled No Goal, before revising the decision. Pochettino did speak about the technology incident, but also signalled the importance of Saturday’s underwhelming draw. “The performance wasn’t great, but when you concede an early goal it is always tough, it is a difficult situation,” the Argentine told reporters after the final whistle.”The atmosphere wasn’t in the way you love to play, it wasn’t the best. It is not easy, when I was a professional footballer in this type of situation it was always difficult.”“For me [that goal] is the first step to build our confidence. The other day a friend said to me that in five years it’s the first time we’ve recieved a knock like that 7-2 and it’s a new thing for us and the players.”I have to say that in the last 20 minutes our fans were amazing and pushed us on.”Watford’s Quique Sanchez Flores was vocal about the confused VAR decision, stating his belief that the goal should not have stood after Harry Kane appeared to foul Christian Kabasele in the build-up. “A point is a good result at the Tottenham Stadium but we were close to winning the match, it was just in the last minute we lost that opportunity,” the Spaniard explained to the BBC after the game.”Little by little we are growing. We are getting more competitive but we need to win. Today we were close. We had opportunities in the match so it’s a pity we didn’t win.”It was really good but a clean sheet would have been good. It is an amazing result. When you are so close to winning, it is disappointing.”I believe it is a foul. He pushed with both hands but that is my opinion. It is a little bit different. I don’t think they need VAR.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.