Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke about its national cricket team and its standards while he was addressing the Pakistani community in Washington D.C. A video of a part of the speech has surfaced on social media where Imran Khan vows to improve the standards of the team and bring a more professional outlook to the entire team by the next World Cup.
In the video, Imran Khan explains to the audience that he had initially gone to England to learn the game of cricket following which he came back to Pakistan and taught the game to other players. He said that he will take the task of improving the team on himself and will make sure they play more professionally by the next World Cup. He asked the audience to mark his words and that he would personally ensure that the standards of the team will upgrade.
"When I reached heights in Cricket, I went to England. I learnt there and came back and raised the standard. Now, after the World Cup, I've decided to improve the standard of the Pakistan team. For the next World Cup, just see, it'll be a professional team on the ground, the best team."
Watch the video below:
The Pakistani side started off their campaign on a miserable note which extended to the first five matches of the group stage. Beginning with the 105-run all out to West Indies followed by humiliating defeats in the hands of arch-rivals India and Australia, Pakistan managed to revive their campaign in the latter half of the group stage, but it turned out to be a little too late.
The defeat in the hands of the Windies was the main reason why Pakistan couldn't qualify for the semi-finals as their net run-rate saw a negative figure since their first match. Their miseries were coupled when they lost to India in a humiliating fashion, shaking the foundations of the team.
Pakistan recuperated after the first five games of the group stage and went on to win the last four games of the group stage. A poor net run-rate from the start of the tournament hampered their chances of proceeding to the semi-finals as they ended their tournament with a consolatory win over Bangladesh although being unable to beat them by a huge margin. The team ended their World Cup campaign with 11 points from five victories, finishing on the fifth spot on the tournament table.