‘UAE conditions will suit us’ – Imad Wasim feels Pakistan are one of the favourites to win T20 World Cup 2021
Pakistan playing a lot of cricket in the UAE in the last decade will benefit them, according to Imad.
Updated - Aug 21, 2021 12:48 pm
Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim feels the Men in Green led by Babar Azam are one of the favourites to win the upcoming T20 World Cup. The tournament is set to be played in the UAE and Oman starting from October 18. Pakistan are clubbed in the Super 12 group with India, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Afghanistan while two more teams will join them after the first round.
New Zealand and India are two other teams who are the favourites to make it to the semi-finals and also go all the way in the World Cup. However, Imad reckons the conditions in the UAE will suit the Pakistan team more having played there for the major part of the last decade.
Pakistan are slated to play a couple more T20I series before the World Cup and Imad feels if they win those, they will go into the mega event on a high. “UAE’s conditions will suit as it is like a home ground for us, having played there for a long period of time. This is why we are also considered as one of the favourites for the tournament. We have skillful players who can take us deep in the championship so we will try to give our 100 per cent on the field.
“We have two or three good series before that [T20 World Cup] and focused on winning that so that we head into the World Cup with rhythm and confidence,” he said while speaking to Cricket Pakistan.
Imad Wasim confident of coming back in ODIs
Meanwhile, Imad Wasim hasn’t played ODI cricket for quite some time. It has been almost a year having last feature in the 50-over format in November 2020. However, the all-rounder is confident that he will make a comeback and stated that he doesn’t know the exact reason of being dropped.
“I want to play ODI cricket and I told everyone about it too. I have only played two or three ODIs since the 2019 World Cup and I don’t know why I was dropped from the side. But that’s the decision of the selectors, coaches and captain and I have to accept it. Although, I will continue playing domestic cricket [List A] and perform to the best of my ability,” Imad added.