Wasim Akram reveals his favorites for the 2019 World Cup
What's the story?
Former Pakistan international and renowned television analyst Wasim Akram has tipped India to lift the much-awaited World Cup trophy this year. According to the world-class fast bowler, New Zealand are the dark horses heading into the premier cricketing event.
Akram also added that one can never write Pakistan off in an ICC event.
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With the World Cup just a few months away, many pundits, analysts and supporters alike are breaking down every team's possible squad, strengths, weaknesses and chances. While most of the fraternity has billed the likes of England and India as favorites, a few have predicted otherwise.
However, the legendary Wasim Akram too has labeled the Men in Blue as 'firm' favorites for the tournament.
The heart of the matter
In his column for the Times of India, the former Pakistan skipper wrote:
“Among the teams that are involved in the cricket World Cup, Pakistan have always been an outfit that people loved to watch and follow. You can never write them off. India look firm favourites for me. New Zealand are the dark hoses, but Pakistan are right up there.”
Although Akram scrutinized the national side after a poor run in the Asia Cup, he believes his countrymen are in good shape heading into the tournament. The commentator credited the Pakistan Super League for the development of players, adding:
“I will give credit to the Pakistan Super League and our board for the resurgence of Pakistan cricket. We have a young side — apart from a Mohammad Hafeez and a Shoaib Malik, everyone is in their mid-20s. They are young, as well as experienced. The fielding also has improved.”
Akram concluded by mentioning that the 5 ODIs against England will definitely set the tone and serve as preparation for the mega event.
All the cricketing heavyweights are, at the moment, busy planning out their team structures and individual roles. Pakistan begin their World Cup campaign on May 31 against the West Indies.
Meanwhile, India, who are widely considered as favorites, kick-start their World Cup with a game against South Africa.