Former Pakistan cricket captain Moin Khan believes that the current Pakistan team are talented. He is also of the opinion that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side is capable of defeating an in-form India at the upcoming World Cup in England.
The former wicket-keeper batsman took into account Pakistan’s talent, depth and variety. He believes that they will thrive in English conditions in June. He based his prediction on the basis of their performance in England.
According to him, the present bowling attack will revel in these conditions. India and Pakistan are bitter rivals and have played each other six times in the World Cup. On all 6 occasions, India have emerged victorious ahead of their neighbours.
“This present team is very capable of recording a first win over India in a World Cup because there is talent, there is depth and variety and Sarfraz Ahmed has now gelled the squad well,” Moin said.
“I say this because our boys beat them (India) in the Champions Trophy two years back and I just feel that in English conditions in June we have better bowlers,” the 47-year-old cited the logic behind his statement.
Khan pledged his support behind the Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to host a three-week training camp in England before the prestigious event. According to him, it would help the players in getting used to the English conditions.
“Pakistan has been one team which has done well in England in the last many years and in May-June the weather can be unpredictable and there is moisture in the pitches,” said Moin.
He also backed the appointment of Sarfraz Ahmed as the World Cup captain. Speaking of Sarfraz, the 31-year old is currently serving a four-ODI ban for racist comments in a game against South Africa recently.
“I have seen Sarfraz lead the team and I know since he was a junior and I have captained and coached him and I can tell you there is no better person to lead the Pakistan team than him now,” Khan explained.