Akhtar reveals why underestimating Pakistan at the World Cup would be ‘an act of stupidity’

Shoaib Akhtar believes it would be an act of stupidity to underestimate Pakistan at the World Cup cricket

Shoaib Akhtar: “Pakistan is still a far superior and dangerous side, and they have a high chance of winning the tournament. Writing them off would be an act of stupidity”

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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes it would be “an act of stupidity” for teams to underestimate the national team as they are capable of winning the World Cup.

Pakistan may not have won the World Cup since 1992, but they tasted Champions Trophy glory in England in 2017.

“According to me, Pakistan is still a far superior and dangerous side, and they have a high chance of winning the tournament. Writing them off would be an act of stupidity,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder.

However, before they can win the World Cup, Pakistan will need to make it to the final, which would mean qualifying for the semi-finals.

Akhtar sees the men in green doing that, even though they have struggled in ODIs this year as they were beaten 3-2 by South Africa, whitewashed 5-0 by Australia and demolished 4-0 by England.

But, given Pakistan’s dismal record in ODIs heading into the quadrennial event, Akhtar admitted that the national team will need to “get their act together” as the way they are currently playing “is that of a bygone era”.

“I firmly believe that Pakistan is among the four sides to make to the qualifiers at the upcoming World Cup. However, Pakistan will need to get their act together, and the brand of cricket that Pakistan is playing is that of a bygone era,” he said.

Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday.

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