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Legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas believes the national team are favourites to win the upcoming Asia Cup.
Explaining why he is so confident about this, Abbas pointed out that Pakistan have been in red-hot form as of late as they defeated Australia and Zimbabwe in a T20 tri-series tournament. They then went on to whitewash Zimbabwe 5-0 in the ODI series that followed.
“The way Pakistan are playing these days I believe that they would be the favourites for the Asia Cup title,” he was quoted as saying by The News International. “Then there would be India and I think that the main battle for supremacy is going to be fought between these two teams.”
Despite backing Pakistan to go all the way, Abbas warned the national team not to get complacent as it could lead to their downfall.
“Limited-overs cricket has a tendency to throw up surprises, which is why I would advice our team to not take even the weakest of sides for granted in the tournament,” he said.
Pakistan will kick off their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong in Dubai on September 16. While Hong Kong surprised many by triumphing in the qualifying tournament, Abbas believes they won’t stand a chance against Pakistan.
“I don’t see Hong Kong creating any trouble for Pakistan,” he said.
While the 71-year-old doesn’t see Hong Kong as a threat, he admitted that he is looking forward to Pakistan’s clash with India on September 19.
“That is going to be the most important game of the tournament. Everybody likes to watch Pakistan-India games as they produce high-voltage action,” he said.