Vastavam web: Two-time champions Pakistan claimed third position at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 after their third-fourth position play-off match against Afghanistan was washed-out today without a ball being bowled, here.Afghanistan and Pakistan were in Group D and though Afghanistan defeated Pakistan in their opener, Pakistan topped the group after Afghanistan suffered a surprise defeat against Ireland in their last group match.Pakistan’s worst performance in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup was in 2012 when they finished eighth.
Pakistan, the only country to have won back-to-back titles, in 2004 and 2006, got past South Africa by three wickets in the quarter-finals but suffered a massive 203 runs defeat to India in the semi-finals with the team bundled out for only 69 runs.Afghanistan lost to three-time champions Australia by six wickets in the semi-finals after a huge 202 runs victory over New Zealand in their last-eight fixture.Both teams wanted to play today and it would have been better if we had played and got these positions, said Rana following the wash out at the John Davies Oval.
He praised the fast bowling attack of Shaheen Afridi, Muhammad Musa and Arshad Iqbal.”I thought we saw talented players in all teams. Pakistan has some really good fast bowlers and also some good batsmen.Rana said the tournament is a great learning experience for the young players of his side.”We always aimed to win, prepared well. We played in Australia and New Zealand and had got used to the conditions.The loss to India disheartened us and the boys were glum and not talking at all.”We’re pleased to finish fourth but would have loved to play Pakistan today. It would have been a chance to test our players against them,” he said.
“We did not play well against Australia unfortunately but we’ve learnt a lot. The theme of the tournament being young stars, we showcased quite a few. Today we missed out on a chance with the local rivalry in the region. Also, in Under-19 cricket you don’t know when you get a chance to play.” Moles said he was expecting a better performance from the slow bowling attack consisting of off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran, leg-spinner Qais Ahmad and chinaman bowler Zahir Khan.”Though two of them being picked in the Indian Premier League (Mujeeb by Kings XI Punjab and Zahir by Rajasthan Royals) was a magnificent story. Mujeeb is going from here to join the national side (in Zimbabwe for the ICC World Cup Qualifier).