KARACHI (Agencies) - Pakistan's suspended pacer Mohammad Amir says missing the World Cup due to the five-year ban imposed on him for involvement in spot-fixing will hurt him for the rest of his life. "What can I say, it wasn't meant to be and of course missing such a huge match hurts and will always hurt," Amir said. The left-arm pacer banned by the ICC in February for his role in spot-fixing during last year's tour to England felt if enigmatic fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had been included in the Pakistan team for the World Cup semifinal against India, he could have made a difference to the result. "The management made a decision to not play him due to his fitness concerns which I can understand but Shoaib would have made a difference no doubt about it. Even if he was not 100% fit and not performing, the stage was set for him to perform well. He's been a big match performer and he would have delivered against India." But Amir praised the team for reaching the last four stage of the tournament. "Shahid Afridi led the team well and that pressure got to some of the players in the cauldron of Mohali. They deserve credit for their performance. Reaching the semi finals is no joke and their efforts are commendable," Amir, who has appealed in the court of arbitration for sports against his five-year ban, told 'Pakpassion.net' website. Amir said mistakes were made by Pakistan in the semifinal. He pointed out that playing against India in India was always going to be tough. "Playing against India in India was always going to be tough, the fielding crumbled under pressure in Mohali and mistakes were made. Dropping Tendulkar on so many occasions was always going to prove crucial. If Tendulkar had been caught early in his innings, who knows the result may have been different," he said.