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Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes that Pakistan have a chance of winning the World Cup, which will begin in England and Wales next month.
Hussain pointed out that even though Pakistan haven’t fared well in ODIs as of late, they are still a dangerous side capable of toppling any team on their day.
The men in green won the Champions Trophy in England in 2017, but this year, they lost 3-2 to South Africa in an ODI series and were whitewashed 5-0 by Australia in a five-match ODI series in the United Arab Emirates.
Other than Pakistan, Hussain admitted that India, England, New Zealand and the West Indies are also in the running to win the event.
“The two top-ranked sides – England and India – have both got great chances [of winning the World Cup],” he told metro.co.uk. “India have a massive, massive line-up, they really do. They travel well and Kohli is the great player in world cricket at the moment.
“Looking at England, it’s a complete turnaround from where they were going into the last World Cup, and any World Cup really. They are in serious form.
“But looking elsewhere, New Zealand are a very fine side and their record recently is exceptional. West Indies can be a bit hit and miss but just look at some of their cricketers…
“Talking of hit and miss, look at Pakistan. They’re playing terrible one-day cricket at the moment but that almost makes them more dangerous. One day they’re down and the next they’re brilliant, as they showed in the Champions Trophy [in 2017]. So it’s wide open, it really is.”