Former Pakistan fast bowler Jalal-ud-Din believes that the Pakistan National Cricket Team is not capable of winning the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021.
Pakistan is placed in the Group 2 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, and they will commence their journey with a battle against arch-rivals India National Cricket Team on 24 October at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Speaking to ‘The News,’ the former Pakistan pacer Jalal-ud-Din said that Pakistan was busy in the “shake-up process” when other teams were giving a final shape to their squads. He stated:
“When all teams were busy giving final shape to their teams, Pakistan cricket was passing through a shake-up process; there were changes from top to bottom,”
“Its head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coaches, their assistants all were leaving because there was a big change at the top. All of this happened when the T20 World Cup was just a month away,”
Former Pakistan Speedster opined that Pakistan can only progress towards the semi-final stage if their opponents make some mistakes. He said:
“Otherwise the team is miles away from the favourites. In no department — batting, bowling, fielding — do we have the capacity to win this T20 World Cup,”
Pakistan Are Not Favourites In The Event In Any Case – Jalal-ud-Din
Jalal-ud-Din mentioned that Babar Azam-led Pakistan is not the favourites to win the World Cup, so they will have no pressure to perform well, and this might benefit the team. He asserted:
“One thing might help Pakistan. They will be free of pressure because everyone saw how our players performed in the recent matches and how our cricket administration passed through changes. They are not favourites in the event in any case,” he added.
The 62-year-old added that he was surprised at the big changes made in the last moment and reckons that a team can’t win a big event if changes are made at the eleventh hour. He said:
“It was embarrassing for these players. In such situation, no team can win such a big event,”
Jalal-ud-Din also said Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez would have to play to the best of their abilities in the T20 World Cup 2021 if Pakistan wants to succeed in the mega event.
Talking about Sohaib Maqsood’s injury, the former Pakistan pacer said it would prove beneficial for the team because he had no potential to perform well.
Meanwhile, Jalal-ud-Din named India, England, New Zeeland and West as the favourites for the World Cup, and he said: “Australia also have potential to turn the tables,”