Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur Tuesday said he was left disappointed that India failed to rise to the occasion and beat England in the World Cup, which would have bolstered Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the semifinals.Pakistan were banking on neighbours and arch-rivals India, who were having an unbeaten run in the tournament before the match against England. Had India continued their winning streak it would have increased the chances of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to make the semifinals.However, set an imposing target of 338, India could only manage 306 for five to lose by 31 runs.”How they (India) played, again that’s the issue which we can’t control,” Arthur told reports here.”Obviously, I was following the game intently and was disappointed that India did not get up because that would have opened the door for us,” he added.The 1992 winners, who face Bangladesh in their final group stage match, have slim chances of reaching the knockout stage should England win their game against New Zealand.”Now all we want is to get to Friday with a real opportunity and our destiny in our own hands. I just hope New Zealand get it done for us,” said Arthur.England have 10 points, one more than Pakistan, and are back in the top four after the win against India.Also Read | Rohit Sharma 2nd batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit 4 hundreds in a single World CupAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh: Virat Kohli in furious argument with umpires after losing reviewAlso See:
Dubai: Bahrain executed two Shiite citizens on terror charges on Saturday, officials said, despite appeals for clemency from international human rights groups. The pair, identified by rights groups as Ali al-Arab, 25, and Ahmad al-Malali, 24, were put to death by firing squad, the prosecutor said. Both defendants were Shiite, judicial sources said, without confirming their names. The small Gulf state, a key US ally located between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, has been gripped by bouts of unrest since 2011, when authorities cracked down on Shiite-led protests demanding political reform. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The two men, arrested separately in February 2017, were both sentenced to death in January last year after a mass trial with 58 other defendants that was marred by allegations of torture. The pair were convicted of “forming a terror group” which went on to carry out a series of armed attacks in the kingdom. They included the storming of the kingdom’s Jaw prison in January 2017 that killed a guard and led to the escape of 10 detainees, the prosecutor said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls That attack was followed by two separate fatal attacks on police officers later the same month, the prosecutor added. The convicts were put to death along with a third death row prisoner found guilty of murder. Their families had been called to the prison on Friday for a final visit, Human Rights Watch said. In an 11th hour appeal for clemency, HRW’s acting Middle East director Lama Fakih warned that King Hamad was committing a “grave injustice by ratifying the death sentences of the two men despite the allegations of torture and other serious due process concerns”. Ruled for more than two centuries by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty, Bahrain is mostly Shiite Muslim, according to unofficial estimates contested by the government. Hundreds of protesters have been jailed since 2011, with Bahrain claiming Iran trained and backed demonstrators in order to topple the Manama government — an accusation Tehran denies. All opposition groups have been outlawed and disbanded.