Was Pakistan's World Cup elimination fair?: The Cricket Pod

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This week on The Cricket Pod, sports editor Graham Caygill explains why 'net run rate' is not the right parameter to judge which teams should qualify for the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup. Is it fair on teams such as Pakistan, for instance, whose run to the last four was severely affected by inclement weather? Also, does it not complicate matters for fans who have to reach out for their calculators to figure out what their teams need to do reach the knockout stage?

Also in this episode:

  • We look at the upcoming semi-finals and final to see if New Zealand are strong enough to beat India at Old Trafford on Tuesday, and whether England will be better prepared to face Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday.
  • We compare notes on who were the tournament's breakout stars, which of the retiring players will be missed the most, and what the most memorable moments were at CWC19.

  • Kadalayil provides his take on who came out looking better in the spat between Ravindra Jadeja Sanjay Manjrekar.

Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi, centre gives a thumbs up as he celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Bangladesh's Mahmudullah during the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Lord's cricket ground in London, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)