No, not because their cricket was bad. Not because, Ireland’s cricket was good. Not because, the weather in the West Indies were not conducive to their reverse swings. Not because, there were more cameras than usual at this event and the pakistanis could not find a place on the ground, hidden from a camera view, to work on the seams of the cricket balls.
Their early exit from the early cup was a planned, strategically executed move in complete collaboration with their neighbours, India. India and Pakistan had more important matters than the cricket world cup to worry about, like their peace talks. So, even before the teams had left for the world cup, the team managements had been instructed by the respective governments to finish their outing as early as possible and return, so the people of the two countries are not unnecessarily distracted by the cricket and can go about having dozens of rounds of talks.
Pakistan have executed this plan to perfection by losing to West Indies and Ireland. India are on their way after losing to Bangladesh. Fortunately for Pakistan, one of their losses was against West Indies, a good team and hence the innocent public of Pakistan would blame the defeat on the cricket. But, for India, unfortunately, they would have to lose to Bangladesh and Bermuda to go according to plan. This would be difficult to explain for the team management.
So, the team management might “blow the whistle” on the government and reveal the truth behind this plan. Of course, the government at the centre would have learned a trick or two from the former defence minister George Fernandes, and would eventually say that they had only joked when they had asked the Indian team to come back soon from the World cup!