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Pakistan batsman Asif Ali is confident that his side have what it takes to triumph in next year’s World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales.
Pakistan have not enjoyed a lot of success in ODI cricket as of late, especially during the recent Asia Cup, where they were unable to make the final after losing to India twice and in their must-win encounter with Bangladesh.
Despite this, Pakistan did win the Champions Trophy in England last year, which will give them some confidence going into the World Cup.
In addition to this, Asif pointed out that Pakistan have a plethora of talented players that are capable of shining throughout the tournament.
“I’m looking forward to playing in my first World Cup next year if selected and I feel that the Pakistan One-Day team is one of the best in the world and I think that we have the talent and the players to win the World Cup,” Asif told PakPassion. “These sorts of tournaments can always spring a surprise and there are always one or two teams who are the standout teams, but I am confident that Pakistan will not let their fans down in England next year.”
Meanwhile, Asif admitted that he is feeling confident heading into Pakistan’s tour of South Africa, which will get underway with the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.
Asif’s confidence stems from his participation in the inaugural Mzansi Super League (MSL), which he believes has helped him get accustomed to the conditions in South Africa.
The 27-year-old represented the Cape Town Blitz in nine matches and scored 150 runs, which included a knock of 80, at an average of 16.66 and a strike-rate of 182.92.
“The most important thing from a personal perspective has been the chance to play on pitches in South Africa, which is something that I have not experienced previously,” he said. “Obviously to get this opportunity just ahead of a series for Pakistan in South Africa could not have been better timed. I feel that playing in the MSL just before the series against South Africa will be very beneficial for me. Playing on the various pitches used for the MSL has given me great insight to the surfaces in South Africa and what to expect in the upcoming series for Pakistan.”