The former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has been in the spotlight due to his comments on the Green Shirts’ performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 fixtures in India. Pakistan’s chances of reaching the knockout stages were dealt a blow after New Zealand’s victory over Sri Lanka. Their final round-robin stage fixture is against England, who have already been eliminated. In order to qualify for the semifinals, Pakistan would need to beat England by 287 runs and chase the target in 16 balls. Basit Ali criticized the team, stating that no member of the squad played modern-day cricket except for Fakhar Zaman, who scored an aggressive 126 not out in a match against an opponent. He also questioned the inclusion of pacer Haris Rauf in the squad. Former wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and sports journalist Shahid Hashmi also shared their opinions on Pakistan’s performance in the tournament.