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Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards believes that if Pakistan’s batsmen put up strong performances at the World Cup later this year, then the national team have a great chance of winning the tournament.
Richards noted that Pakistan have an excellent bowling attack and team chemistry, and should take confidence from the fact that they won the Champions Trophy in England in 2017.
“They have the talent. I find that the bowling unit of Pakistan is very good. If the batsmen can perform to the best of their abilities then I believe Pakistan has a chance,” Richards told The News International. “Before they won the Champions Trophy they were inconsistent as well. It goes to show you that if these guys play together as a unit they can deliver.”
Aside from Pakistan, Richards, who is the Quetta Gladiators’ mentor in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), believes that a number of other teams should be considered frontrunners to win the World Cup.
“When you take some examples from the Champions Trophy in England, India I think have been successful over the year,” he said. “Pakistan came and showed promise and beat some of the best teams in the world. So there are a lot of teams.
“West Indies started to show some good promise. England always have a good team but they never came to the finish line due to certain reasons.
“Australia are a unit and must be respected. New Zealand could be a dark horse. There are lot of teams, about four or five who have the capability to win.”
As for Afghanistan, Richards said: “They have got some very good bowlers. They have Nabi and leggie Rashid Khan. They have got good enough cricketers.”