Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has asked Pakistan to do their best when they take on England in the T20 World Cup 2022 final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, November 13. Akhtar stated that Pakistan have nothing to lose but should prepare for a thrilling contest. However, Pakistan and England will play at the iconic MCG to battle for their second T20 World Cup title as well.
Speaking in a video uploaded on Twitter, Akhtar said: “You have to bring your A-game. Don’t give England any opportunity. It is going to be a tough final. I think Pakistan’s batting has started performing, wickets have settled and bowlers have regained their fitness. I hope nobody is favorite in this team. Whoever plays well will win.”Nobody was favorite in this tournament. Pakistan team was nowhere and now they are in the final, so we do not have anything to lose and have everything to win.”
However, they had luck going their way after the Netherlands did an upset win over South Africa as well. It cleared their path to the semi-finals as Pakistan beat Bangladesh to cement the spot. Later, they beat New Zealand in the knockouts to reach the final. Meanwhile, the mega final at the MCG remains under the threat of consistent rain throughout the day, with the reserve day also not looking promising either as well.
On the other hand, the ICC’s Event Technical Committee has changed the playing regulations a bit to give the teams more time in case of rain plays the spoilsport. However, the apex body of cricket has added two hours to the original provision of two hours if more time is needed to finish the game and get a result. The game must have ten overs for each team to have a match in knockouts. If a 10-over-per-side game cannot take place, both teams will be declared joint winners as well.