ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Squash great Jahangir Khan urges Pakistan to show fight

Pakistan face South Africa in a must-win encounter for both teams in quest to stay alive in the tournament. 1992 World Cup winners Pakistan have one win from five matches.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 23, 2019 19:57:19 IST

London: Pakistan squash great Jahangir Khan has urged Pakistan to show grit at the World Cup, saying they have the talent to reach the semi-finals despite a string of bad results.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Squash great Jahangir Khan urges Pakistan to show fight

Pakistan are up against South Africa at Lord's in a pivotal contest for both teams. Reuters

Jahangir, one of the finest squash players of all time, was in the stands at Lord's on Sunday to watch his side take on South Africa.

"Pakistan still have a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals but for that I want them to be fighting throughout the match," he said.

The 1992 champions, who came into the South Africa match with just one victory in five games, must realistically win all their remaining four ties and hope other results go their way.

Jahangir, who won 10 British Open titles and six world titles, was known for his never-say-die approach and stamina, traits that he wants to see in the Pakistan team, who scored 308/7 in their 50 overs on Sunday.

"What I have seen in the previous games was that the team lacked aggression, especially against India," said Jahangir, referring to last week's defeat against Pakistan's arch-rivals.

Pakistan went down by 89 runs in the rain-affected game, which sparked a furious reaction back home, but Jahangir said Pakistan could recover.

"This team has talent so I am confident that it will bounce back as the whole nation wants them in the semi-final and then in the final," he said.

Pakistan's powerful military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was in the stands at Lord's, along with military colleagues.

Sulaiman Khan, the son of World Cup-winning Pakistan captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan, was also at Lord's.

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Updated Date: Jun 23, 2019 19:57:19 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254