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Monday, February 14, 2011

Pakistan may prove to be surprise package: Wasim

 Downplaying the critics who believe that Pakistan lack in firepower to dazzle at the World Cup, former skipper Wasim Akram believes that if the Shahid Afridi-led side reaches the semifinals, there would be no stopping them.

“Although India, Australia and South Africa are favourites, I also consider Pakistan amongst the top contenders,” Wasim said on Sunday.

“I am very excited and I feel that for around five years Pakistan has not been in as good shape as it is now.

“I feel they would enthrall everyone at the World Cup.

“I think the team is a combination of the best possible lot. Afridi is doing well as a captain and the body language of the players is also very positive. These are the reasons that I feel that they have the potential to claim the title.”

And even though many critics consider England as possible contenders for the title, the legendary pacer feels the other way.

“I don’t see enough potential in England to claim World Cup title,” he said.

Wasim further said that the format of the World Cup is a good one. “It is a good format as every team would play six matches and each team has a chance to recover. From what happened in the 2007 edition, this time around teams like Pakistan and India would get a fair chance to bounce back if they fail to perform in one match.”

He advised the team to stay united and perform and if they manage to win the World Cup then they would always cherish the taste of World Cup victory.
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