The Cricket World Cup is still a year away. However, the experts and former cricketers have already started picking their favourites teams for the quadrennial event.
Moreover, many of the experts have high expectations from Pakistan. They won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England after defeating the arch-rivals India in the grand finale at the Oval by 180 runs.
Former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis is of the opinion that Sarfraz Ahmed-led side has it in them to deliver in the World Cup next year.
Waqar was present at the launch of the World Cup at the Brick Lane in London. He stated the current form of Pakistan in England will definitely work in their favour.
“It is too early to say who will be the winner as there is still a year to go, but Pakistan’s recent track record in England has been impressive,” Waqar said.
Pakistan recently won the first Test of the ongoing two-match Test series against England at the iconic Lord’s Stadium.
“They finished runners-up in the 1999 edition and then won the T20 World Cup in 2009. Last year they won the Champions Trophy which shows Pakistan’s [impressive] record in England,” Waqar further added.
The former speedster Younis stated the victory at Lord’s was a major boost for the players who were part of the Pakistan squad. They still have a year to gain more experience before the start of the biggest cricketing tournament.
Waqar, who present at the event “ One year To Go Launch” was also attended by the other cricketers.
It includes England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and enlisted in ICC’s Cricket Hall of Fame Brian Lara. Former World Cup-winning skipper Clive Llyod, former Proteas speedster Alan Donald, New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan and Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal were also present at the event.
Lara echoes the same views:
Lara echoed the same views of Waqar. The former southpaw stated that there will be a lot of expectations from Pakistan. Especially given the fact that they won the Champions Trophy in the same country last year.
Morgan said there are few teams who look in red-hot form at the moment.
“In last year’s Champions Trophy, Pakistan had a very strong and young team and was one of the best teams of the tournament. We have to consider both Pakistan and India as well as ourselves and continue to learn from our mistakes,” Lara maintained.
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