Imam-ul-Haq vows no World Cup let-up from Pakistan

LONDON (AFP) – Imam-ul-Haq said Pakistan will go all out against Bangladesh tonight even if they have no realistic chance of reaching the World Cup semi-finals.

Imam said there was no despondency in the Pakistan camp despite the difficult situation.

“We are not thinking on the lines of not reaching semi-finals,” said Imam. “Our plan is to play the semi-final with an all-out effort and at the end if that doesn’t happen then we have to play positive cricket and end on a high.”

Pakistan won just one of their first five World Cup matches but bounced back strongly with victories against South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan to give themselves a shot at reaching the semi-finals.

Imam said the 41-run defeat against defending champions Australia earlier in the competition was painful.

“I think the Australia defeat hurts me a lot. I was set and playing well. I should have won that match for Pakistan,” said Imam.

“We lost four quick wickets and I think I should have won that game and we would have beaten a big team in the World Cup.”

Imam, who scored his only 50 of the tournament in that match, said he was disappointed with his batting during the tournament.

“I think what expectations I had from myself I could not do like that,” said Imam, who has so far scored 205 in seven innings. “I had starts but couldn’t score big.”

Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq. – AP