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Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has admitted that there are a number of teams that could derail his side’s hopes of winning next year’s World Cup.
Pakistan have only won the World Cup once in 1992, but since the country’s current Prime Minister Imran Khan led the team to World Cup glory, Pakistan have never been able to replicate that success.
However, Zaman believes that the national team have a reason to be confident going into next year’s World Cup in England and Wales as they won the Champions Trophy last year, which was also held in England.
“The current Pakistan team combination is brilliant and the results we have recently produced are good proof of that,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “We will travel to England to win the title and not just to make up the numbers.
“I do feel that it is right for us to be labelled favourites for the 2019 World Cup as our team will be well equipped for this tournament.”
Despite his optimism, Zaman is well aware that teams like India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand could dent Pakistan’s chances of winning the quadrennial event.
“There isn’t one team that one can mark as a bigger threat to Pakistan in a top-level tournament such as the World Cup,” he said. “Any of India, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are more than capable of winning on any given day.
“I feel that each match we play in the World Cup will present a different challenge and whichever team plays well on that day will emerge as the victor.”