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Pakistan’s Zaman insists ‘we don’t accept defeat’

Pakistan's Zaman Khan (R) attends a practice session ahead of the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup one-day international match between India and Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad 12 October 2023. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP)

Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman insisted Sunday that Pakistan have not surrendered their World Cup dream, claiming “historically we don’t accept defeat”.

Pakistan has lost four of their six matches and needs to win their remaining three games while hoping other results fall in their favor.

However, Zaman and his teammates have been inspired by the 1992 Pakistan team which under the leadership of Imran Khan came back from losing three of their first four games to win the World Cup.

“If you see, historically we don’t accept defeat,” Zaman, who is the only Pakistan batsman to score a double hundred in one-day internationals, said Sunday.

“Everyone in the squad is hopeful of winning the last three matches and after the way we fought against South Africa we are sure of a comeback.”

In Chennai on Friday, South Africa survived a late charge from Pakistan to pull off a thrilling one-wicket win.

Meanwhile, Zaman said he has recovered from a knee ligament injury and is available for Tuesday’s key match against Bangladesh in Kolkata.

“It’s disappointing to miss matches through injury because the World Cup comes every four years and I missed last year’s Twenty20 World Cup with the same knee injury,” he said.

After facing Bangladesh, Pakistan concluded their group stage campaign against New Zealand in Bengaluru on November 4 and England back in Kolkata seven days later.

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