ICC World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed confident about Pakistan bowling unit
He also thanked PM Imran Khan for motivating the team.
Updated - May 6, 2019 3:11 pm
Pakistan are scheduled to play their opening match in the World Cup against the Windies on Friday, May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The team, captained by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed, hasn’t had the greatest of times of late. Previously, Pakistan slumped to a 5-0 whitewash against Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Yesterday, they lost the one-off T20I against England at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff by seven wickets. Sarfaraz’s men will now play a five-match ODI series against the Three Lions, starting Wednesday, May 8. In the meantime, prior to the World Cup, Sarfaraz has shown confidence in his fast bowlers, including Mohammad Amir, who wasn’t included in the provisional squad for the mega event.
Sarfaraz also praised Mohammad Hasnain, the 19-year-old speedster, who came into the limelight after the PSL 2019. Yesterday, he didn’t get a wicket but gave away only 29 runs.
“All the six fast bowlers that we have are outstanding. You talked about Hasnain, he delivered a brilliant performance, apart from him there is Hasan, Junaid, Amir and Faheem Ashraf. The fast bowling unit is good,” Sarfaraz was quoted as saying in an interview with Geo News.
Sarfaraz expressed gratitude to Imran Khan
He also thanked Imran Khan, the 1992 World Cup-winning captain and the current Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, for sharing his insights and motivating the team to play with dedication.
“I would first like to thank PM Imran for spending his valuable time with us. He gave us a lot of motivation and said that the entire country’s prayers are with us and urged us to play with complete dedication, keeping our intentions pure and leave everything to Allah,” he added.
When asked about the batting lineup, the experienced campaigner said that Pakistan will try and put decent scores on the board to help the bowling unit defend the totals.