Shoaib Akhtar Reveals His Three World Cup Favourites

Shoaib Akhtar Reveals His Three World Cup Favourites

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The World Cup is less than two months away and the entire cricketing fraternity is busy predicting the teams who can go all the way in the mega-event. The much-awaited World Cup will start on May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa in the opener at the Oval.

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has also revealed his pick. And Akhtar’s picks do spring a surprise or two. One of the fastest bowlers to have ever played the game, Akhtar was holding a question-answer session on Twitter with his followers.

“Questions & Answers for 10-15 minutes. Shoot it guys,” wrote Shoaib Akhtar.

The fans were quick to post their questions to Akhtar and one of them was about the World Cup favourites.

“Assalamualaikum Shoaib Sir. Sir predict your favourite team’s for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Any 3 team’s?,” asked one fan.

In reply, Shoaib Akhtar snubbed India as he wrote:

“England, Australia, Pakistan”

England have been the popular choice to win the upcoming World Cup. England are currently the top-ranked ODI side in the world while India are just below them at the second spot. Since 2018, England won series in Australia and New Zealand before beating Australia and India at home.

On the other hand, Australia have also started showing the form that made the most feared ODI team in the world not very long ago. In the last two months, they have beaten India and Pakistan in their own backyard to prove their World Cup credentials. Before these two wins, Australia had last won an ODI series during the 2016-17 season.

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Pakistan, however, look like a biased choice by Akhtar. The Men in Green have performed terribly in ODIs in the last one year or so. In the last 15 months, they have lost series against New Zealand and South Africa before being whitewashed by Australia in their latest outing. They also had a disastrous outing in the Asia Cup where they lost twice to India and once to Bangladesh.

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