The match between India and Pakistan is important. A lot of people look at it but other teams have also come here to play and you can’t underestimate Sri Lanka or Bangladesh. India has selected a balanced team for the Asia Cup.
Dubai. Veteran Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram on Sunday said that the upcoming Asia Cup will test the sub-continent bowlers’ preparedness for the 50-over format ahead of the ODI World Cup. The Asia Cup begins on Wednesday with the first match between Pakistan and Nepal in Multan but all eyes will be on the match between India and Pakistan in Kandy on September 2.
Akram told reporters during an event here, “Whether it is India or Pakistan or Sri Lanka, everyone would like to test whether the bowlers are capable of bowling 10 overs or not because these days they have got used to four overs per match.” The Asia Cup was played in T20 format last year but this time it is being organized in 50-over format. Akram called it a welcome step.
“It is a good idea for the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) to organize the Asia Cup in the 50-over format as the World Cup will be held right after it,” he said. Akram refused to name any team as favourites. Granted but said the road won’t be easy for each team. He said, “Last time we had predicted the final between India and Pakistan but Sri Lanka won the tournament. All three teams are dangerous and any one of them can win. Other teams are also participating. Last time Sri Lanka won the title and India could not even reach the final.
Akram said, “The match between India and Pakistan is important. We know a lot of people look at it but other teams have also come here to play and you can’t underestimate Sri Lanka or Bangladesh. Akram said India picked a balanced squad for the Asia Cup Is. He said, “I think he is trying different things, especially giving chances to new players in T20 format and he also has a new captain. Their team is balanced but the task will not be easy for India or any other team.
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