Former Pakistan legend Wasim Akram said that while Team India is experimenting in the shortest format, they have a balanced squad for the 2023 Asia Cup, starting Wednesday, August 30 as well. India announced their 17-member side for the mega event earlier in the week.
In a conversation with reporters during a tournament sponsor’s event, Akram said, “I think they are trying different things, new players especially in the T20 format, also a new captain. They have a balanced squad. But it will not be easy for India or any team. India versus Pakistan is very important, we know about so much support (teams get), so many eyeballs, so many people (following). But other teams are also here to play so you cannot minus Sri Lanka or Bangladesh.”
The Indian team have emerged victorious in the Asia Cup seven times (the record), while Pakistan won the title just twice since its inception in 1984. Moreover, they also hold a 7-5 edge over Pakistan 7-5 in 50-over Asia Cups as well. The two teams will take on September 2 in Pallekele as well.
“Last time we had predicted an India versus Pakistan final but Sri Lanka won the competition. All three teams are dangerous — anyone can win on their day. There are other teams competing too. Last time Sri Lanka won the title, India even failed to make it to the final. The Pakistan government has given permission that Pakistan (team) can travel to India. I have always maintained and said that politics and sports should be apart from each other. People to people contact is very important and the average Indian and Pakistani, they do respect each other. I hope eventually sanity prevails,” concluded Wasim Akram.