Fakhar Zaman backs Pakistan to lift WC 2019 title

Zaman recently scored 210* in an ODI against Zimbabwe.

Fakhar Zaman. (Wisden)

Fakhar Zaman has been recently hogging the limelight after he has become the first Pakistan cricketer to score 200 in ODI cricket. Now he has backed his team to lift the ICC World Cup next year. 

“We will travel to England to win the title and not just to make up the numbers. I do feel that it is right for us to be labelled favourites for the 2019 World Cup as our team will be well equipped for this tournament,” Zaman said in an interview with Sky Sports. “The current Pakistan team combination is brilliant and the results we have recently produced are good proof of that.”

Having made his international debut in 2017, the left-hander has played in 18 ODIs and 22 T20Is so far and yet to make his Test debut. He played a key role in the final of the Champions Trophy against India in England last year by hitting a century.

The 2019 edition of the World Cup will see all 10 participating teams playing against each other in a round-robin format before the knock-outs. Pakistan will take on India, who they are yet to beat in a World Cup, at Manchester on June 16.

“There isn’t one team that one can mark as a bigger threat to Pakistan in a top-level tournament such as the World Cup. Any of India, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are more than capable of winning on any given day" Fakhar concluded. 

By Anshuman Roy - 24 Aug, 2018

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