PSL 2019

Pakistan have a ‘very good chance’ of winning the T20 World Cup: Shoaib Malik

Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has stated that the Men in Green stand a very good chance of winning the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place this year but could be postponed due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Malik believes that Pakistan are well-equipped in all departments of the game and have the ability to win the event, if it goes ahead.

“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 fondly recollected winning the 2009 World T20, while stating that it was one of the moments of his career 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 Sialkot-born also spoke about playing behind closed doors, as cricket nears resumption after the Covid-19 shutdown.

“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 said.