'We're not gully cricket team' - Shaheen Afridi blasts fans and rudely demands support amid T20 WC struggles

Published - 13 Jun 2024, 06:52 PM

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As Pakistan try to pull off a miracle and qualify for the Super 8s stage in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024, their fast-bowler Shaheen Afridi has urged the fans to support the team.

Pakistan have kept their slim chances alive with a win over Canada earlier this week. The Men in Green have been facing severe criticism from their fans for their dismal display in the tournament so far. They began their competition with a shock loss against co-hosts. Pakistan lost the game against the USA in the Super Over.

Babar Azam & Co. had the perfect opportunity to redeem themselves by winning their second game against arch-rivals India. However, they came up with another disastrous display with the bat. Chasing 120 runs, Pakistan ended their innings on 113 for 7 to lose the game by six runs. 

Following the losses, the fans have come down hard on the team and have slammed the players for their poor performance. However, Shaheen Afridi has urged the fans to back the team in tough times. In a strongly worded message to the fans, Afridi urged them to show their loyalty by supporting the team during the tough phase.

"Everyone supports you in good times, but I've always said that fans must support us in tough times. We are your team, not a gully cricket team or a team where players have been picked based on recommendations. If you can't support the team now, you are just like the media," said Shaheen Afridi in an interview with Cricwick.

Qualification scenario for Pakistan:

While Pakistan are not really in a good position in the T20 World Cup, their chances of making it to the next stage are still alive. For that to happen, they first need to win their final group game against Ireland. Pakistan had lost a T20I against Ireland last month and will be looking to avoid another upset. 

Pakistan also need the USA to lose their game against Ireland to stay alive in the competition. If the USA manage to beat Ireland, they will be going to the next stage along with Team India from Group A. Canada are also alive in the competition but they will have to beat India by a big margin in their final group game to have any chance of progressing ahead of the USA and Pakistan.

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