Originally Posted by Sir Alex
So how do you justify Pak being one among the top 4, when they have lost 3 and won 2 so far?
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.
You justify it because the tourney has moved to a different phase.
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.