The legendary Wasim Akram of Pakistan thinks his former team has enough talent to make a significant impact at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup this year. Wasim was a member of the illustrious squad that led Pakistan to their lone World Cup victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 1992, and the renowned pacer believes they may win a second trophy provided their finest players can stay healthy and on form.
The ODI World Cup matches will begin on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, according to the schedule released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday. The same location will host the match between India and Pakistan on October 15 and additionally the final as well.
Key hitters include Mohammad Rizwan, Imam-ul-Haq, and Fakhar Zaman. Pakistan can rely on a pace attack that includes Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah.
Wasim believes the circumstances teams will encounter in India throughout the competition would also favor his team, and all the elements are in place for Pakistan to be among the favorites to win a second World Cup title this year. Wasim Akram said to the ICC.
“We have a good side…a very good one-day side and are led by one of the modern-day greats in Babar Azam,”
The former Pakistan captain adds,
“As long as they are fit and as long as they play according to the plan, they will have a chance of doing well in that World Cup because it is played in our type of conditions in India on the sub-continent”
Pakistan nearly missed making it to the 2019 50-over World Cup semifinals due to a lower net run rate than in the last recent tournament, where they won five of their nine games. Babar has been a model of consistency throughout that great run. Wasim is a huge Babar Azam supporter and has faith that the motivating Pakistani captain will up his game during the World Cup.
“I think he can (become better), as he is the finest player we have. The whole country follows him, everything he does. He gets people into the stadium and it doesn’t matter whether it is T20, one-dayers, or Test cricket and, in my opinion, he has the most beautiful cover drive in the world.”