KARACHI: Former speedster Wasim Akram thinks that India, England, New Zealand, and West Indies are favorites to win the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021.
Speaking to ARY News exclusively on Saturday, Akram said India are top of the ladder and hot favorites to win the upcoming mega event followed by England, New Zealand, and unexpected West Indies.
“For me, India are currently playing brilliantly in the shorter format, their fearless approach makes them one of the favorites to win T20 World Cup. England and New Zealand are the two other teams who can be tough contesters to win the extravaganza and yes West Indies also if they play with their main players,” he expressed his opinion.
To a query about Pakistan’s chances to win the T20 World Cup, Akram said the Green Shirts firstly need to fix the combination. “As a Pakistani, I really want them to win this event. But, they need to fix their combination, especially in batting. Pakistan should finalize their batters till number 6 as soon as possible before the mega event. If they make the right combination, they will give tough time,” he shared.
Sharjeel Khan’s comeback
Akram has once again put weight on Sharjeel’s comeback as he thinks he is one of the match-winners right now in Pakistan.
“I still think Sharjeel is a match-winner. Fitness was a concern for him but I heard he lost some weight also. See, sometimes you have to make a space to fit in a talented player who you know can win matches. Fitness can be controlled within the national team, that’s not the big problem,” he said.
The legendary pacer believes that Mohammad Amir still possesses a lot of potential to be Pakistan’s frontline bowler. “For me, Amir is still required in the national team. And, I think something went terribly wrong as far as Amir’s selection is concerned,
“See, you need an experienced bowler in your side who can share his experience with the youngster,” he highlighted.
It must be noted here that Amir took an indefinite break from international cricket citing current management’s like and dislike policy in selection.