Mohammad Hafeez, a Pakistani all-rounder, believes that India and England, along with his own nation, are the three best teams to win the next ODI ICC World Cup.
Leaving aside the recent losing streak against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in ODIs, Hafeez, who hopes to play in his third World Cup, also hopes that Pakistan can beat India in the World Cup in the United Kingdom and make One Repeats his final of Champions Trophy.
“Even from a critical point of view, I think we are among the top three favorites for the World Cup, England is always favorite because of the cricket brand they are playing, while India has developed a very good ODI side and has some great spinners in their lineup, “Hafeez said on the GTV news network.
Hafeez also insisted that the unique format that is used in the World Cup would go in Pakistan’s favor, since it always had this tendency to resume its performances in any tournament.
“In the group system, the teams usually do not have a second chance and remember that in 2007 both India and Pakistan were eliminated in the first round,” he said.
Hafeez said he was confident about Pakistan’s chances in the World Cup, as they have a good combination of players and have ample resources in pace and turn.
“We have been playing together as a unit for a while and try to support each other a lot, I have the feeling that we will do very well in the World Cup,” he said.
He also attributed the victory of Pakistan’s world title T20 in 2009 and the title of the Champions Trophy in 2017 in England to the massive support they received in the UK.
“As long as we’ve played there, the support has been immense and it also encourages players to give their best.”
Hafeez also made it clear that each time he had toured India with the Pakistan team, he had seen the players get a lot of love and respect and had enjoyed their time there.
“I think that in cricket we have to work together and dispel tensions,” he said.
Hafeez has not yet recovered from surgery on his right thumb and confirmed that he would be in good shape to train and return to play after two or three weeks.
“I have high hopes of being fit before the World Cup and I can be part of the team, I have played two World Cups and, as a main player, I also want to participate in this campaign. Zealand before the World Cup and that experience was devastating, “he said.