Pakistan has a high chance of winning the World Cup, says Azhar Ali
He cited Pakistan's performance in Champions Trophy as an example.
Updated - Apr 5, 2019 2:21 pm
The ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales will commence from May 30 and will see the top 10 teams battle it out for the title of World Champions. Many cricket experts are revealing their favourites to win the tournament and have included defending champions Australia, hosts England and two-time champions India.
However, according to Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s Test specialist batsman, the 1992 World Cup winners are also amongst the favourites to win the tournament. The Men in Green were recently whitewashed at the hands of Australia in the UAE, but it has to be noted that they had rested their main players in the tournament including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
As per Azhar Ali, the young and talented players that Pakistan currently has will help them win their second title in England and Wales. “It is my belief that Pakistan has a better chance to win the World Cup this time around,” he was quoted as saying by ARY Sports.
Azhar recalls the Champions Trophy triumph
Azhar Ali recalled the Pakistani team’s triumph in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 when Pakistan beat India in the finals and Azhar played in the tournament. “In Champions Trophy, nobody would have thought Pakistan winning the title but now people are mentioning Pakistan as potential winners of the World Cup,” Azhar recalled.
“Pakistan’s bowling attack has always provided them an edge but our batsmen need to get runs on the board for the bowlers to work with,” 34-year-old Azhar said, who is currently in England, playing for Somerset.
Azhar Ali, one of the finest batsmen in the current generation, played 53 ODIs for Pakistan before calling it quits in the 50-over format in 2018. He scored 1845 runs with 3 hundreds to his name. However, a strike rate of just 74.45 meant that he was never going to be that big hitting batsman required in today’s scenario and hence has now become a Test specialist.