‘Not what it used to be’: Sanjay Manjrekar on Pakistan after T20 World Cup exit

Babar Azam's side failed to qualify for Super 8 as they lost their first two matches of the tournament

By Web Desk
June 16, 2024
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar. -- AFP

Pakistan will play against Ireland today in Florida in their last match of the T20 World Cup 2024 as theyfailed to qualify for the Super 8 round.

Pakistan lost two of its first three group games against the USA and India. Both of the games were in the hands of Pakistan but they managed to lose and depended on other teams’ results to qualify for the next round of the T20 World Cup.

Pakistan needed the USA to defeat Ireland on June 14 but the match was called off due to excessive rain in Lauderhill, Florida and Pakistan’s journey in the T20 World Cup ended right there.

Former cricketers and experts have been reacting to Pakistan’s failure to qualify for the Super 8 and India’s Sanjay Manjrekar too expressed his views on the current condition of the Pakistan cricket team.

Talking on an Indian sports channel, Manjrekar revealed the reason Pakistan is out of the event, “Beating Pakistan is the only reason why the USA is in the Super 8 and Pakistan is not. Pakistan has made it into the finals over the year and has been an unpredictable team. But nowadays it is a bit more predictable because of its low performance and the low performance is directly related to the ability of the team.”

Manjrekar also stated that the team is not what it used to be a few years ago, “Look at their team individually and compare them [players] with India and Australia, it is not the team it used to be. Mohammad Amir is not what he was. Shaheen Shah Afridi is not what he was. Harish Raus is on a downward curve. Shadab Khan is also not performing. It is better to not talk about their batting.”

He concluded that there is not much to hope from the Pakistan cricket team, “This is the team which failed to get in the Super 8 so do not hope for much from Pakistan cricket team.”

Pakistan only managed to win one game in the tournament against Canada and will play Ireland in the last match in Florida on Sunday.