Tbf Faisal, Pakistan haven't exactly covered themselves in glory in recent times. I think a lot of people view them as a bit of a joke.
Personally, I still like 'em. Great entertainment value imo.
But if the rules are so stupid like this, whereby the best 4 teams don't face off in semi, (and by best, based on wins in the tournament, not any subjective criteria), then ICC deserves the slack it is getting now.
I would've said exactly the same had it been India instead of Pakistan also. A bit mellow though.
If a team that has a 60 per cent loss rate can be considered as one of the 4 best teams in a tournament, ahead of teams with much higher win rates, then it shows the rules are screwed up.
I don't care India qualifies or not. I feel they don't deserve to, but if at all they do, then they can atleast justify themselves by saying they have more number of wins than losses anyway.
They should've had carry forward from prelim stage. In which case, it should be NZ and Eng from Group E, and Aus and based on results of matches tomorrow. If SL beats Ind, and Aus beat WI, then the one who has better run rate among SL and WI. If WI beat Aus, WI must go through regardless of result of Ind vs Sl.
They should replace this idiotic prelim and super 8 thing, with just a super 10 with 2 groups of 5 each. 8 out of them will be full members, and remaining two associates.
Last edited by Sir Alex; 10-05-2010 at 12:37 PM.
Australia and England already have better win rates, add to that West Indies too.
One of India or Sri Lanka would be having a better win rate as well after super 8.
So that makes it 5 teams who'd have more wins than Pakistan at the end of super 8.
And oh, it seems Sri Lanka could also be a beneficiary of ICC's moronic structuring. They could lose to India by a small margin and yet reach semi if Aus beat WI. They hence would be in a similar position as Pakistan, with wins against Zim, WI and losses against Ind, NZ and Aus.
Thus we might see two such semifinalists. Dire.
In the 1998 Football WC two teams did not lose a single match in thw whole tourney. One team, Les Frogs, won the tourney. The other, Australia, didn't even make the finals as they drew 2-2 at home in the last qualifying match vs Iran.
There was much gnashing of teeth here I can.tell you, but they were the rules, and every team knew what it had to do to qualify before they started.
It's not always fun, but them's the rules.
Last edited by Burgey; 10-05-2010 at 02:52 PM.
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