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Hafeez, Azhar greet Pakistani Fans

A number of sports have tried to throw over cricket as the number one sport in Pakistan but none have even come close to fulfilling that.

The way cricket does it for Pakistanis, nothing else comes close. One good knock, one good spell and you become an overnight superstar in the eyes of Pakistan cricket fans.

At the same time, you frustrate them and the same devotees turn into detractors, calling for your head with all their might.

This inclination for extremities is what makes Pakistan fans the most unique and most passionate supporters in all of cricket.

In a recently released ICC promo of today’s crucial  encounter, Pak -Africa the cricketers Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali were asked to comment what they think of  fans. Pakistani fans are most passionate.

Green shirts will face South Africa for survival

Birmingham: Green shirts will face #1 ODI team South Africa today in Birmingham. This is the most crucial contest for Pakistan if they wanted to alive their hopes for semi-final of ICC champions Trophy.

 Arthur suggested too many Pakistan players had suffered ‘stage fright’ against India in front of a capacity crowd of more than 24,000.

“My issue is fear,” he said. “My issue is getting out there and really looking to take the game on.

“The worrying thing for me…is we just do the basics wrong.

“We drop simple catches. We don’t run well enough between wickets. We don’t understand when to bowl our variations.” But Arthur, a former coach of both South Africa and Australia, was adamant all was far from lost.

We’ll be thinking firmly of coming back and beating South Africa,” he said. “Because that’s what I think our players can do.

“So, we’re going to be up for the fight.”

Pakistan will be without Wahab Riaz after he was ruled out of the rest of the tournament on Monday with an ankle injury sustained when falling in his delivery stride against India.

But given by that stage the left-arm paceman had conceded a whopping 87 runs in 8.4 wicketless overs, his absence may not be that big a blow.

 

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