The defeat as well as team's failure to live up to the country's expectations has led the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to announce a "robust review" of the team's performance in the last three years.Pakistan have won just one of their five matches at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 - an impressive 14-run triumph over hosts England - but lost by 89 runs to their biggest rivals India at Old Trafford in their most recent match. He expressed his views while talking to media after a practice session at Lord's stadium. There was talk of groupings (factions) in the team which was wrong. Being someone whom junior players look up to and who has captained Pakistan in the past, Hafeez refuted every rumour of groupism in the team. Set a target of 309 runs to win, South Africa managed only 259/9 in 50 overs. Hafeez said that "the past few days were very disappointing and painful for the players too", adding that "we are just as hurt as anyone else over the defeat to India".
Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz said about today's match, "Our focus is on beating South Africa, and we know we shouldn't get ahead or think about the future. on what we do in the now and not what is happening elsewhere".
It seemed that Hafeez likes to think that he himself can't be included in the list of Pakistan's under-performing seniors at the World Cup. The team's performance hit lowest in the previous match against India in which all the sections of the team failed miserably. However, the most experienced member of the team Mohammad Hafeez has denied that. "The results haven't been that good and as a team, collectively, we have not played good cricket". "We could not produce a team effort and individual brilliance did not help us either".
"We can't blame any single person, everyone is responsible for failing to deliver", the former captain said. The third match was held on 5 June 2019 against Team India, where India won by 6 wickets. We are focused on our next game and we are eager to win that match.
Hafeez also expressed his views over PM Khan's advice for the team.
"It was a team decision and that can not be made on what someone has tweeted".
Speaking to Pakistan's Geo TV, Hafeez said that the team decision can not be taken on what someone has tweeted. We have already discussed this possibility and the coach has already said to me that I might have to bowl the new ball.
After Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to bat first, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq lifted morale with a stand of 81 for the first wicket.