London. Pakistan secured their spot in the final of ICC Cricket World Cup (WC) 2019 by becoming a co-host. The move comes after co-hosts turned out to be the final contenders in the 2011 WC as well as 2015 WC, where New Zealand already confirmed their position. With cricket coming back to Pakistan, almost after a decade, PCB already entered into negotiations with all the ‘good’ terrorist groups to maintain security.
The decision to co-host, possibly, the only way, Pakistan could enter the final led to the announcement of yet another comeback by the large-hearted, Shahid Afridi. The 19-year old player, who is on a selfie tour with his chhotu, Ahmed Shehzad, also offered money to make him the new captain. However, ISI sources confirmed the stakes are larger with the captaincy, with a renowned politician, whose only shot to fame is the 1992 WC title win is all set to become the new captain after Misbah had retired. With his political life going nowhere, he plans to revive his career by repeating the success against the same opponent, England.
However, England, the original host is now considering pulling back from hosting the tournament as they think they will be overwhelmed by the clear prospects of reaching next WC final as host. ECB made it clear that they already hired McKinsey and other data analysts to set up ‘Mission 2035’ as the year, England set a target to reach the final and any early prospects would be distracting. The focus of the board in the near term remains the widely followed county championship and promoting MCC events.
South Africa plans to seize the opportunity, just the way they had done with IPL in 2009, by volunteering to become a co-host. A Cricket South Africa official confirmed the move as he thinks South Africa deserves to be in the final next year. “We choked in 2011 quarter finals, then, in 2015 semi-finals, so it’s a natural progression for us to do that in 2019 finals”, he said, while drinking Coke.
However, ICC Chairman, Srini mama has other plans as he thinks the next WC is the right time to launch Chennai Super Kings on the global stage, by co-hosting the event in Chennai and then entering finals. Srini mama, who is back in India after a brief stint as a third umpire in the recent quarter final match said, “The objective of cutting down the number of teams from 14 to 10 is to promote competitive cricket, and CSK fits the bill as it is far better than minnows like Bangladesh”, while dipping his idly into sambar. The move to include CSK at the expense of Bangladesh was later confirmed by Suresh Raina’s nephew on Twitter, who was seen bashing the c̶a̶t̶s̶, tigers.