British envoy to support Pakistan after England's shocking World Cup exit

Barton appreciates Bangladesh's performance

Kamran Yousaf March 09, 2015
Bangladesh paceman Rubel Hossain (C) celebrates the final wicket of England's James Anderson (R) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool A match between Bangladesh and England at the Adelaide Oval on March 9, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: British High Commissioner to Pakistan Philip Barton will now be supporting Pakistan cricket team after England's shocking departure from the World Cup group stages.

"Oh dear. Well done Bangladesh. Will be supporting Pakistan from now on," the British envoy said in a twitter message soon after England was beaten by Bangladesh on Monday in a crucial encounter in Adelaide, Australia.

England, needing a win to stay afloat after winning just one of their previous four Pool A matches, were bowled out for 260 as seamer Rubel Hossain claimed four wickets and wicket-keeper Rahim held four catches.

Ian Bell made 63 but England slipped to 163-6 before Jos Buttler (65 off 52 balls) and Chris Woakes (42 not out) briefly revived their hoped with a 75-run stand for the seventh wicket.

But the dismissals of Buttler and Chris Jordan off successive balls in the 46th over turned the match Bangladesh’s way and England ended play having to bow out after failing to beat a Test nation at the tournament with their only win thus far against Scotland.

On the other hand, this was Bangladesh’s third win over England in their last four one-day internationals, including the two-wicket success in Chittagong during the previous World Cup four years ago.


Read: Bangladesh knock England out of World Cup to reach quarter-finals


It is for the first time that Bangladesh has qualified for the knockout stage in the World Cup's history.



Muhammad Mohsin Shahzad | 6 years ago | Reply @ yogendra singh bhadauria Thank You so much. Much appreciated. I just think that we've had enough as general public on both sides of the borders and we need to move on in order to prosper and very honestly if both countries cannot be friends then at least be good neighbors and lets support each other. Its the only way of regional peace, prosperity and advancement for both the nations. Hopefully we'll see a hate free South Asia some day.
shiraz | 6 years ago | Reply @ Hindustani There is not a single word about India in the article. And in comments a very logical point is raised that Ambassadors to both the countries would obviously, for PR sake would support them. Please have a thorough check of you IQ which I believe is much lower than a toad.
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