An India-Pakistan game is the cream of any ICC event. The two arch-rivals will once again cross swords in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in UAE. Pakistan doesn’t have a record to boast about against India in ICC events and given the quality in team India, the Men in Blue will go into the match as favourites. However, Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz believes that Pakistan cannot be counted out as they are well equipped to beat India in the World Cup.
“They definitely have the ability to achieve that result. If Pakistan plays to its potential, then they can beat any team in the world including India. Twenty20 cricket is such a format that the whole match can turn in the space of a few balls or even one incident and the Pakistan versus India match will be no different. If Pakistan play at their best, they can certainly beat India,” Cricket Pakistan quoted Wahab.
Wahab said the conditions in UAE will suit Pakistan as they play most of their cricket in the Arab country and players are well used to playing on such wickets. Riaz added that Pakistan is one of the leading contenders to win the title.
“Given the conditions and where it’s being held, I believe Pakistan has a very good chance of winning the tournament. Pakistan has played a lot of cricket in UAE, and this gives them a very good chance to win the competition. They’ll be familiar with the conditions, and they’ll know what the ball will do. If they can utilise the conditions and use them to their advantage, then there is no reason why they can’t be considered amongst the leading contenders for the title,” he added.
Riaz was sidelined from the Pakistan squad for the England and West Indies tours. Talking about his future, Riaz said his job is to perform well wherever he plays, adding that to include him in the Pakistan squad or not is completely the selectors’ call.
“If it was up to me, then yes you will. But it’s up to the selectors who they want included in the side and who they think will provide the maximum utility. As a player, all you can do is to perform and that’s what my aim is and that’s what I am doing around the world. Lately I’ve played in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), and I have showed what I am capable of, and I don’t think I have to prove it again and again. Regardless of what they feel, I am performing well wherever I am getting a chance to play. So, let’s see what the selectors have in mind and whether they want me to be a part of future squads is totally up to them,” he concluded.