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Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood believes Pakistan can beat their arch-rivals India in the T20 World Cup, although, he said India has an advantage over Pakistan, but they can overpower their neighbors.
In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, he said, “It will be a tough match as India are playing really well and they will have an edge over Pakistan. However, if the Pakistan team clicks, I’m sure we can beat India,” said Azhar.
Azhar backed Pakistan to qualify for the knockout stage of the event as Pakistan has vast experience playing in the UAE.
“The conditions in UAE will suit us as our players have ample experience of playing there. I think our squad has the ability to qualify for the semi-final and even win it. Also, momentum will be key if we want to do well in the event,” he said.
However, Azhar was surprised to see opener Fakhar Zaman and veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik’s absence from the 15-man squad.
“In my opinion, Fakhar Zaman should have been in the squad. In the middle-order, Shoaib Malik should have been selected as he has been performing really well in the recent past. He did well in the PSL and leagues around the world. You definitely need experience in this sort of situation,” he said.
“The good thing is that they have recalled Asif [Ali] and Khushdil [Shah] as it will bring impact players in the middle-order,” he added.