Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan Favourites to Lift the Trophy – Rashid Latif
Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif believes that his nation are the favourites to lift the Asia Cup 2018 trophy starting from September 15 at the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Meanwhile, they will start their campaign against Hong Kong on September 16 in Dubai. Furthermore, they face arch-rivals India on September 19 for the first time since the Champions Trophy last year.
Rashid Latif believes UAE being the home soil for the green caps will work in favour of Sarfraz Ahmed led side. He also feels India will be venomless with their regular skipper Virat Kohli.
“As United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home for Pakistan cricket for last decade and green caps are fully aware about the conditions, they have very bright chances of winning the Cup. India is much weaker in the absence of Virat Kohli, but green caps have to be very professional in approach and shouldn’t take them easy,” Rashid Latif said to The Nation.
Fakhar Zaman holds the key
The former cricketer also believes Pakistan has improved their batting and has scored runs consistently. He also added that Fakhar Zaman holds they key to Pakistan’s success.
“Pakistan batting is highly balanced and delivering for last few matches consistently. For me, Fakhar Zaman holds the key as he is in traffic form and producing wonders with the willow. He can provide Pakistan perfect start and he will remain instrumental throughout the Cup and upcoming series,” Rashid Latif continues.
Latif also added that the return of Junaid Khan would boost the squad. The experience of Shoaib Malik in the middle-order will boost the chances of Pakistan.
“Return of Junaid Khan will boost fast bowling department. Shoaib Malik, like always, will be the backbone of the middle order and his experience and reading of the game will boost further chances of Pakistan. On a whole, Pakistan team is balanced and is capable of winning the Asia Cup 2018,” Rashid Latif concluded.
In conclusion, he also congratulated Ehsan Mani, the newly elected PCB chairman.
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