'India, Pak didn't deserve a Super 8 spot'
Ricky Ponting asserts that both teams have failed to perform and their elimination from WC is justified.cricket Updated: Mar 30, 2007 13:17 IST
Austarlia skipper Ricky Ponting made light of India's early exit from the World Cup, saying they did not deserve to be in the Super Eights.
"Both India and Pakistan did not play well and made their exit. If you don't play well you don't deserve to be there and this happened to the two teams," he said. When asked whether the tournament was poorer with their elimination, Ponting said: "Why would the World Cup be poor? They did not belong to Super Eights, they failed to perform and did not deserve to qualify.
"Why not give credit to Bangladesh and Ireland? Ireland performed superbly They are making their debut. They tied with Zimbabwe and knocked Pakistan out. Bangladesh surprised India so they are here, so why not praise them," the Australia skipper asked.
He said no team in the Super League could afford to underestimate Ireland or Bangladesh as "they are tough and upsets are part of the World Cup. We have full respect for Bangladesh and Ireland and take them seriously," Ponting added.
Meanwhile, former West Indies fast bowler Colin Croft also hailed Ireland and Bangladesh's qualification for the second stage. "I see nothing wrong with the way that both India and Pakistan were eliminated. Why are Ireland and Bangladesh being blamed for their ineptitude," he said on BBC. "The other teams now should be wary of the so-called minnows. None of the strong teams should take the fun-loving Irish or Bangladeshi teams for granted, or they could end up like India and Pakistan," he added.