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Pakistan left-arm seamer Mir Hamza believes that the national team are “strong favourites” to win the World Cup, which begins in England and Wales next month.
Hamza’s comments come just days after Pakistan announced their squad for the tournament.
While the men in green haven’t been in the best of form in ODIs this year, they can definitely take confidence from the fact that they won the Champions Trophy in England in 2017.
Hamza added that Pakistan have an excellent bowling attack, especially when it comes to pace bowlers, and a brilliant batting line-up.
“As someone who believes in his team, I would say that Pakistan are strong favourites to win the 2019 World Cup,” Hamza told PakPassion. “The reason for this is also based on the fact that sides which have been able to get reverse-swing have done really well in England.
“Almost every fast bowler in the Pakistan side is capable of bowling reverse swing. So, if we are unable to put up a good score then we have the type of bowlers who can restrict any side in the world to a low total and win the game.
“In terms of batting, we have batsmen such as Fakhar Zaman who can take the fight to the opposition right at the beginning of the innings. All of these factors make Pakistan firm favourites to win the World Cup.”
While Pakistan have already announced their squad, they can make changes to it without permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) until May 23.
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.