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Monday, February 21, 2011

‘Pakistan team has fire and aggression to reach semis’

The cricket lovers of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have expressed indemnity of Pakistan’s chances to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup saying our team has the fire and aggression necessary to go all the way.Imran Khan, a student in National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, told APP on Monday that Pakistan’s chances of reaching till the semis in the World Cup is guaranteed only if they play like a unit without any grouping in the team.

“I don’t know why. It’s just a gut feeling. Our team faced so much criticism for the trio - Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamer - and then the delay in naming the captain. I just think that this time our team will do something big in the mega  event.”
Ayaz Akhbar, a student of Foundation University, Islamabad said,”Pakistan team is an unpredictable one. It just needs unity among them and then no one can stop Pakistan from winning the World Cup.”
Rameez Hussain, a student of Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad said, “I believe our team can go all the way to win the mega event. Our chances are as good as that of India, Australia.
“Even if Pakistan loses to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, Pakistan can reach quarterfinals beating the minnows. From there onwards, it’s just three games and Pakistan team has the potential to win the three games in a row.”
Jamil Ismail, a student of Rawalpindi College of Commerce told APP that, “The team is going to be more controversial since the ICC verdict against the trio verdict has hurt its moral and the international media will have their eyes on them with each step they will take.”
Junaid Akram, a student of Pakistan Institute of Modern Studies (PIMS), Rawalpindi said, “As Pakistanis we surely want our country to win and we will pray for that but apart from 
Pakistan, Australia is also a good team too”. 
“They have won five out of six games against England.However one cannot rule out Sri Lanka and South Africa. From quarterfinals, it can be anybody’s World Cup,” he added.
Waqas Hamad, a student of Army Medical College, Rawalpindi told APP that our team has all the guts to reach the semi-finals if they just play like a team, united we stand divided in groups (in the team) we fall.
A motor mechanic, Mia Ghani felt that our team will be out from the mega event before the semis. “Our team is mostly new and I don’t think they have good chances in the World Cup.” 
The people have given their best wishes for the Pakistan team and has also expressed delight over the ‘boom boom’ Shahid Afridi retaining the captaincy for the World Cup squad saying that he has got all the potential to lead the team for the mega 
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