LAHORE Pakistan may well be the lucky entrants in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20, but this is not the first time they have sneaked into the reckoning this way. They have had a similar bumpy ride to the semi-finals in the last edition of the event in 2009 in England. But they must be aware of the opportunity that has come their way despite their losses against England and New Zealand. Barring their one superlative performance against South Africa, the turn around has surprised Pakistan itself. They should thank England which showed the door to New Zealand, paving the way for Pakistans entry into the semi-final. It was not only the opposition the Pakistan team was fighting against, but its own cricket board that leaked the inquiry report of the Australia tour. Even more pinching was that former coach Intikhab Alam, who should have been the father-figure, saw the players as mentally retarded and an uncivilized bunch of lads. He criticized their dressing and table manners as if players were showbiz figures displaying table manners at cricket fields and improvement in these areas could earn them victories. But the credit must be given to the team for they shocked South Africa despite all the controversies surrounding them. Though the team has mostly youngsters with stars out fighting bans and fines, it has the ability in this version of the game to lift the trophy once again. All they need is to set aside all the differences and play like a unit like the Australians have shown. After win against Bangladesh, Pakistan skipper looked clueless and all his decisions backfired with three back to back losses against Australia, England and New Zealand but Pakistan team came back after a hard fought win against South Africa. Pakistan is back in the reckoning and have a realistic chance of making the third final in a row in the World Twenty20. Salman Butt has proved that with the right approach he can play in this version of the game and with Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzak, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi in the line up, the batting is clicking while the bowling has to be more disciplined. What if Umer Gul is not there, they have Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer and Razzak in their ranks. Nobody can deny that this Pakistan team has the ability and are capable of winning the twenty20 title. It wont be wrong to say that after their win over South Africa, Pakistan can go and win the tournament for the second time. Surely, Pakistan players confidence will be high after making it to the semis and with luck on their side, who knows they can very well go and win this edition as well. Now their chance of retaining the Cup is just two victories away. Their team is being led by none other than the hero of their semifinal and final victories in England with two half centuries. The 2009 Pakistan team for the World Cup had less pressure and better players than the present team. All they need is to give their best the rest will fall at its place. Qasim asks fans to be patient with Afridi Former chief selector of the Pakistan cricket team Iqbal Qasim believes that skipper Shahid Khan Afridi should be given more time even if Pakistan does not Pakistan win the World Twenty20. Afridi will surely get better with the passage of time, said Iqbal Qasim who held the post of the chief selector prior to the Mohsin Khan-led committee. On the victory against South Africa, Qasim said that the fielding turned out to be the key to Pakistans triumph however death overs could have been utilized in an even better manner. Umer, Kamran and Afridi played well however the last few overs were not adequately utilised by Pakistan otherwise the total could have reached 170, said Iqbal Qasim, who played 50 Test matches for Pakistan. On a question, Iqbal Qasim suggested that out-of-form Misbah-ul-Haq should be replaced with Hammad Azam. He said if the wicket permits then inclusion of a fast bowler would not be a bad idea either.