Former England captain Andrew Strauss does not expect Pakistan to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup but says the team can never be written off.
Having lost two of their first four World Cup fixtures, Pakistan essentially need to win their remaining five games to progress to the semi-finals.
Pakistan kick-started their campaign with a dismal defeat to West Indies but recovered well to beat favourites England.
Their third match, against Sri Lanka, was abandoned while they narrowly lost to defending champions Australia last time out.
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Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side face rivals India on Sunday and England hero Strauss believes Pakistan will need to win their next five games to progress in the tournament. ‘
I think they do [need to go unbeaten through their next five games],’ Strauss told Sky Sports. ‘And it’s not beyond them.
‘You think about previous World Cups where Pakistan have started slowly and people give them no chance.
‘And then suddenly they get on a wave of momentum and come through and get to the semi-finals. So it is possible.
‘I’m not sure they’re strong enough at the moment but they could prove me wrong.
‘When they’re on a roll they can be hard to stop. Their supporters get behind them and carry the team through. You can’t write them off.’
Fellow former England player Rob Key also says Pakistan’s upcoming match with India in Manchester is a must-win affair.
He added: ‘What we thought before the tournament started is coming true. England, Australia and India are the stand-out sides and then it’s a dog fight between the rest of them.
‘Pakistan need to win this game but India look a class act, as do England.’