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Veteran Pakistan all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, has said that the Pakistan National Cricket Team have a very good chance of winning the ICC T20 World Cup this year. The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is scheduled to take place during October and November this year in Australia.
However, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been talks about the postponement of the tournament with the hosts themselves denying the tournament’s implementation. There have also been talks of IPL 2020 taking place in the same window, and the BCCI looks adamant about holding the cash-rich league.
However, Shoaib Malik has said that if the ICC T20 World Cup takes place this year, then the Pakistan team have a good chance of winning the coveted trophy.
Shoaib Malik: Pakistan Are Possible Title Contenders Of The ICC T20 World Cup Title
“I believe our chances are very good,” Shoaib told PakPassion. “In order to win these kinds of events, you have to have a very strong bowling attack and I think we have that box ticked. In addition, we also have a good batting line-up to complement that strong bowling attack.”
“Not only that, but our fielding has also developed and improved over the years, which is important on big grounds. Our fitness is much improved and better than it was in previous years, so overall, I think we will be right up there as a team that stands a very good chance of winning this tournament if it goes ahead,” he added.
We Would Love To See The Fans In The Stadium: Shoaib Malik
Cricket Australia’s interim CEO Nick Hockley had said that If 15 teams can be allowed to enter Australia for the T20 World Cup, then fans will not be stopped from watching live action from the stadiums. Now, Shoaib Malik has said that we would love to see the fans in the stadium.
“Of course, we all like to see packed stadiums and matches that have a buzz from the crowd, which all adds to the spectacle. But right now, the situation around the world is very concerning and we must do what is right for everyone’s health and safety,” he said.
“Hopefully one day and not too far into the future crowds will be back. But for now, cricket needs to be played and if this is what needs to be done to get cricket back on then we must support it and accept it.”
The Pakistan cricket team have won the title once back in the year 2009 and showed the world that they have the calibre to do it. Other teams will have to conscious while playing against them as they might go on to be the dark horses of the competition.