Former cricketers want nation to stay united after Pakistan’s WC exit

LAHORE - Former Pakistan cricketers want the nation to stay united after Pakistan’s defeat in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup saying it was one bad day, so better luck next time. 
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram offered consolation to pacer Hasan Ali, whose mistake in the field allowed Matthew Wade to secure Australia’s thrilling victory.  “What we don’t want is that the whole country gets after poor Hasan Ali now. I have been through this, Waqar Younis has been through it. In other countries, it’s just a game for people. Next day, you say well tried, bad luck, better luck next time, and move on. “This situation is as tough for the players as it is for the fans. The players will go to their rooms, they’ll be quiet, they won’t talk to their families and the defeat will haunt them. As a nation, we don’t want to add fire to that fuel,” Akram added. 
Former skipper Shahid Afridi said Pakistan missed a very good opportunity by losing in the tournament. “The Pakistan team included five to six players who were playing the first time in a big tournament. This (semifinal) was the final for me as I believe we may have beaten New Zealand in the tournament’s final,” he said and added that the dropped catch of Hasan Ali would be highlighted on the social media showing that he dropped the World Cup. 
Former skipper Inzamam ul Haq said: “We should have scored more runs in the first six overs even if we had lost early wickets. Pakistan thought that our wickets should not fall till 10 overs. You have to score runs depending on the pitches behavior. We cannot score big if we were scared of losing wickets in a T20 game.”

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