Former West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has implored the senior players of Pakistan to wake up from their slumber if they are to harbour hopes of making it to the quarter-finals, a report published by NDTV said.
“Pakistan will have to wake up some time in the tournament. Some of their top players are still asleep, they have to wake up,” he said.
“Back in 1992, Pakistan had a lot of match-winners. Imran was an inspirational leader. His team members spoke of them being cornered tigers.
“This Pakistan won't create any fear in the opposition. Even if they do reach the quarter-finals, they certainly won't make it to the semis,” Lara said.
Ireland would fancy their chances against Pakistan, the West Indian great went on to say.
The Irish team had knocked Pakistan out from the 2007 World Cup held in the Caribbean.