Former Pakistan wicket-keeping batsman, Moin Khan reckons the current national squad has the firepower to break its World Cup jinx against India and register Pakistan’s maiden win over the arch-rivals in the upcoming ICC World Cup in England and Wales.
Despite the facts that the arch-rivals locked horns with each other six times during the World Cups so far, but Pakistan has never been able to defeat India. The arch-rivals will meet again in the World Cup at Old Trafford on June 16.
As per the quotes in GTV New Channel, Moin said, “This present team is very capable of recording a first win over India in a World Cup because there is talent, there are depth and variety and Sarfaraz Ahmed has now gelled the squad well. I say this because our boys beat them (India) in the Champions Trophy two years back and I just feel that in English conditions in June we have better bowlers.”
Moin reckons that India and England would be the teams to beat in the World Cup.
Describing the same, Khan said, “This should be a very interesting World Cup and I am backing Pakistan to beat India. Our boys are in good spirits and it is good they will go into the competition after having played ODI matches against South Africa, Australia and England. Pakistan is one team that has done well in England in the last many years and in May-June, the weather can be unpredictable and there is moisture in the pitches.”
The former Pakistan manager and chief selector also supported the return of Sarfraz Ahmed as captain for the World Cup.
Moeen further elaborated, “I don’t know why all this fuss was made about the captaincy after the ban imposed on him for an incident was blown out of proportion to my mind. I have seen Sarfraz lead the team and I know (him) since he was a junior. I have captained and coached him, and I can tell you there is no better person to lead the Pakistan team than him now.”