U-19 World Cup: ‘Pakistan capable of beating India’
With Pakistan Under-19 team set to face their Indian counterparts in the semifinal clash of the ongoing ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s cricket committee chairman Iqbal Qasim said Pakistan are capable of beating their arch-rivals.
The two teams will lock horns in Potchefstroom, South Africa on Tuesday (February 4).
Ahead of the high-voltage encounter, the newly appointed PCB high official said on Sunday (February 2) that the match would be a treat to watch for the cricket fans. He also made an early prediction saying Pakistan would emerge victorious.
“We have a great combination and our players have fought very well throughout the tournament so far,” Iqbal said.
Statistics say Pakistan are ahead of India in the history of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in head-to-head equations. So far the two teams faced each other nine times in the tournament, with Pakistan winning five matches as oppose to India’s four triumphs.
However the overall record says something else. India have won four U19 Cricket World Cup titles, while Pakistan have landed the crown thrice.
Iqbal believes reaching the semifinals have been a very big achievement for his country. “This shows that we are on the right track. These players have great potential and the ones who shine here will eventually be representing the national team. The team which controls its nerves better will reach the final.”
In the other semifinal of the tournament, Bangladesh will take on New Zealand at Potchefstroom on 6 February. Bangladesh thrashed the hosts South Africa while New Zealand overcame the West Indies challenge to punch the tickets for the semifinals.