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Pakistan was mercy-ruled during the first game of the tournament Thursday afternoon after Brazil went up 10-0 in the 7th inning. They were mercy-ruled again Friday night, losing 14-0 to Great Britain after the 7th inning.

It was the outcome expected by all. The night before the game against Brazil, at the downtown Brooklyn Marriott where the teams were lodged, Team Pakistan’s manager Syed Fakhar Ali Shah told me, “Obviously we know what the result is gonna be, but we are not mentioning it to the players. We are not mentioning it because we want to give them a good heart. We want them to fight like tigers.”

Pakistan was mercy-ruled during the first game of the tournament Thursday afternoon after Brazil went up 10-0 in the 7th inning. They were mercy-ruled again Friday night, losing 14-0 to Great Britain after the 7th inning.

It was the outcome expected by all. The night before the game against Brazil, at the downtown Brooklyn Marriott where the teams were lodged, Team Pakistan’s manager Syed Fakhar Ali Shah told me, “Obviously we know what the result is gonna be, but we are not mentioning it to the players. We are not mentioning it because we want to give them a good heart. We want them to fight like tigers.”

This was Team Pakistan’s first time playing on a proper, manicured baseball field. (Back home they play on a mud and dirt ground loaned to them by the team president’s friends, who own a gated community called Bahria Town in Lahore.) For many of the players, it was their first time playing with wooden bats, batting gloves, and proper catching gear, which was provided for them in the team clubhouse upon arrival by WBSC, the subsidiary of MLB and the MLBPA that acts as the governing body of the World Baseball Classic. The players arrived only days before, following 24 hours of travel, and their best pitcher arrived Saturday, after the team had been eliminated, due to visa complications. And they are proud that the team is made up entirely of born-and-raised Pakistanis—a significant disadvantage in a tournament where many teams pack their rosters with professional American players who have questionable ties to the nations they represent.

This was Team Pakistan’s first time playing on a proper, manicured baseball field. (Back home they play on a mud and dirt ground loaned to them by the team president’s friends, who own a gated community called Bahria Town in Lahore.) For many of the players, it was their first time playing with wooden bats, batting gloves, and proper catching gear, which was provided for them in the team clubhouse upon arrival by WBSC, the subsidiary of MLB and the MLBPA that acts as the governing body of the World Baseball Classic. The players arrived only days before, following 24 hours of travel, and their best pitcher arrived Saturday, after the team had been eliminated, due to visa complications. And they are proud that the team is made up entirely of born-and-raised Pakistanis—a significant disadvantage in a tournament where many teams pack their rosters with professional American players who have questionable ties to the nations they represent.

This was Team Pakistan’s first time playing on a proper, manicured baseball field. (Back home they play on a mud and dirt ground loaned to them by the team president’s friends, who own a gated community called Bahria Town in Lahore.) For many of the players, it was their first time playing with wooden bats, batting gloves, and proper catching gear, which was provided for them in the team clubhouse upon arrival by WBSC, the subsidiary of MLB and the

MLBPA that acts as the governing body of the World Baseball Classic. The players arrived only days before, following 24 hours of travel, and their best pitcher arrived Saturday, after the team had been eliminated, due to visa complications. And they are proud that the team is made up entirely of born-and-raised Pakistanis—a significant disadvantage in a tournament where many teams pack their rosters with professional American players who have questionable ties to the nations they represent.

This was Team Pakistan’s first time playing on a proper, manicured baseball field. (Back home they play on a mud and dirt ground loaned to them by the team president’s friends, who own a gated community called Bahria Town in Lahore.) For many of the players, it was their first time playing with wooden bats, batting gloves, and proper catching gear, which was provided for them in the team clubhouse upon arrival by WBSC, the subsidiary of MLB and the MLBPA that acts as the governing body of the World Baseball Classic. The players arrived only days before, following 24 hours of travel, and their best pitcher arrived Saturday, after the team had been eliminated, due to visa complications. And they are proud that the team is made up entirely of born-and-raised Pakistanis—a significant disadvantage in a tournament where many teams pack their rosters with professional American players who have questionable ties to the nations they represent.

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