ICC World Cup 2019: Wasim Akram names the favourites to lift the title
The World Cup fever has begun among the cricket fans and cricketers as well. The cricket experts have started revealing the name of favourites of the upcoming Cricket World Cup which is scheduled to be held in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.
Following the former South African cricketer, Shaun Pollock, who named India along with England as his favourites of the World Cup, Wasim Akram revealed his opinion. Akram, the former Pakistan skipper, who led Pakistan to clinch the 1992 World Cup, felt India are the favourites to win the upcoming event.
“Among the teams that are involved in the cricket World Cup, Pakistan has always been an outfit that people loved to watch and follow. You can never write them off. India looks firm favourites for me. New Zealand is the dark hoses, but Pakistan is right up there,” he said.
After the poor performance from Pakistan in the Asia Cup last year, Wasim Akram came down heavily on his country. He credited Pakistan Super League (IPL) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the recovery of their cricket.
“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,” he concluded.
Pakistan, who had a poor performance in South Africa, will play five ODIs against England before the World Cup. They will start their campaign against Windies on May 31 and will meet their arch-rivals, India on June 16 in Manchester.