The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, which will kick-off from 30 May in England and Wales.
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday. Pakistan have not been at their best in ODIs heading into the showpiece event as they were beaten 3-2 by South Africa and whitewashed 5-0 by Australia. In their most recent ODI series against England, which consisted of five matches, they were crushed 4-0.
But apart from all this, Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is confident ahead of World Cup and believes that Pakistan will do good in the World Cup and the spinners will play “a major role” during the World Cup.
Hafeez admitted that Pakistan will need to find ways to take wickets and put the opposing team on the back foot. With that in mind, he admitted that the spinners will contribute to that massively.
“I believe that cricket has evolved massively, but at the same time you still need that wicket-taking ability in your bowling. If you don’t have that, you can’t stop any team,” said Hafeez.
“Your spinners will play a major role and at the same time you must have some mystery in you that can cause confusion in the other team.”
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez also admitted that the fans will help motivate the national team during the World Cup.
“Every time we come here, the first thing we get is massive support. We always feel when coming here like we’re playing at home,” said Mohammad Hafeez.
“The fans are very fanatic and they want us to get success. That’s what we’re here for. It’s a boost, to be honest. The atmosphere is always electric. As a cricketer, you always want to do well and get lots of respect.”
Pakistan Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is also confident that Pakistan will deliver when it matters and that the team will peak at the right time despite losing their first warm-up game ahead of the World Cup.
“We’ve already learned a lot,” he said. “Playing in five different grounds, on different types of pitches, means we know the conditions pretty well now. We’ve been here for almost a month and are adapting to the conditions well.”
Sarfraz added, that he is confident about his team and that he is happy to see his team fighting.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get the win [against England]. We came close two times and we just didn’t finish well — but the team is in good shape,” he said.
Speaking about the inclusion of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz in the squad, the 32-year-old said, “It’s good to have Wahab Riaz back in the squad, hopefully, he will do very well in the World Cup. I’m very confident with him, Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan back in the team that we have good strength in the bowling line-up.”
“We all know the pitches are good in England, but the practice matches have shown us different types of wickets. Against Afghanistan, it was spinning, and in other games, the ball has been swinging.”
“The pitches will be good for bowlers and batters in this World Cup,” Sarfaraz added.
“Pakistan’s past record in England is very good,” Sarfaraz said, adding, “For me, I love to play here, because the pitches are excellent. We’ve got lots of support here too, so that’s why we play well in England.”