Hasan Ali has said the Pakistan team would want to “win the match by any which way” against India in the T20 World Cup. The tournament commences with ‘Round 1’ qualifying games on October 17; a week later the Super 12 starts.
India and Pakistan will collide in a bumper clash on October 24 in Dubai. In the 5 times both the sides have met in T20 World Cups, the Men In Blue have always prevailed, including the inaugural final in 2007.
Hasan Ali recalls the 2017 Champions Trophy final win over Virat Kohli’s side while asserting that the Men In Green will be giving their best effort against India again.
“The 2017 final was a good time and we will try to beat India again. There is a lot of pressure and there is a lot of viewership. We will try to win the match by any which way,” Hasan Ali said in a video on the YouTube channel of Paktv.tv.
He highlighted that the conditions in the UAE are spin-friendly, but also, he believes, will be conducive to pacers who possess a repertoire of variations.
“The conditions in UAE are spinner-friendly. But a fast bowler who bowls with variations can still be effective,” he opined.
Disappointed to see the coaching staff changed with the World Cup coming up: Hasan Ali
The 27-year-old said he is “disappointed” with the dramatic change in the coaching staff, in particular of Waqar Younis, this close to the World Cup. Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq stepped down from the role only hours after the Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup was announced. Bowling coach Younis also followed Misbah and handed in his resignation.
“I was disappointed to see the coaching staff changed with the T20 World Cup coming up. But this is not our domain, it is the domain of the PCB. Our role is to peerform. Vicky Bhai (Waqar Younis) is my role model and I started to bowl because of him,” the seamer concluded.
Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden and former South Africa pacer Vernon Philander have been roped in by Ramiz Raja, the new PCB chairman, as consultant coaches for the T20 World Cup.
Hasan Ali will next be seen in action during the ODI series against New Zealand which starts from Friday in Rawalpindi.