Saturday, January 29, 2011

Predict The World Cup?

The glory of 1992 was an unforgettable achievement under Imran Khan's captaincy on the 25th of March that year. One wonders and dreams if Pakistan can repeat such a feat on the 2nd of April 2011? An outside chance is a possibility and a team not be underestimated is what I feel are the chances of the men in green. Above all, anything but a repeat of 2003 and 2007 is something which needs to be prevented as a matter of expectation.

Maaz says Predict the placings of Group A in the World Cup. Teams include:-
New Zealand
Sri Lanka

Maaz says Predict the placings of Group B In The World Cup. Teams include:-
South Africa
West Indies

Pakistan effectively only need to beat Canada, Kenya and Zimbabwe to progress to the quarter finals in the World Cup. They can actually afford to lose to Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia without harming their prospects of reaching the knock out stages as long as they beat the minnows. Nonetheless, you'll expect them to beat New Zealand and if they could win their encounter against either Australia or Sri Lanka as well, that will put them in an excellent position to get the momentum, psychological edge and in-form confidence to deliver when it matters. Also, will give them an easier fixture in the quarter final against a lesser in form outfit. There are absolutely no excuses for not reaching the quarter finals. Reaching the semis should be the target and where I think they will be, come 26th March! The tournament structure certainly suits Pakistan as it is all about easing your way into it and peaking at the right time. In short, a very open World Cup where Pakistan stand a good outside chance in all seriousness.

Well it's the same for every Test Playing Nation in their group. The ICC purposefully changed the structure to make it more favourable for Pakistan and India after their early elimination in the 2007 WC. Usually, we all sit here criticising the ICC, but this goes to show they really genuinely care about Pakistan.

1 comment:

  1. Predictions:
    Winner: India
    Semis: Pakistan, Sri Lanka & South Africa

    Group A
    1) Australia
    2) Pakistan
    3) Sri Lanka
    4) New Zealand

    Group B
    2)South Africa