Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that the Men in Green have a decent chance of winning the World T20, which is scheduled to take place later this year in Australia but could be moved forward due to the uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus.
The vastly experienced Malik believes that the current Pakistan setup is rich in talent when it comes to all departments of the game, while adding that the former Champions have the ability regain the crown if the event does take place.
“I believe our chances are very good. In order to win these kinds of events, you have to have a very strong bowling attack and I think we have that box ticked. In addition, we also have a good batting line-up to complement that strong bowling attack. Not only that, but our fielding has also developed and improved over the years, which is important on big grounds,” said Malik while talking to PakPassion.
“Our fitness is much improved and better than it was in previous years, so overall, I think we will be right up there as a team that stands a very good chance of winning this tournament if it goes ahead,” he added.
Malik also recalled the triumphant 2009 World T20 campaign, saying that it was one of the greatest moments of his life which he will never forget.
“Without a doubt, the high-points are the World Twenty20 win in 2009 at Lord’s and the Champions Trophy triumph in 2017 at The Oval. They were fantastic occasions and it was just incredible to be a part of both wins. They are tournaments and days that I will never forget,” he said.
The 38-year-old also opined on the idea of playing without fans, as cricket resumption draws nearer.
“Of course, we all like to see packed stadiums and matches that have a buzz from the crowd, which all adds to the spectacle. But right now, the situation around the world is very concerning and we must do what is right for everyone’s health and safety. Hopefully one day and not too far into the future crowds will be back. But for now, cricket needs to be played and if this is what needs to be done to get cricket back on then we must support it and accept it,” he concluded.