'Pakistan has strong chance to win World Cup in India,' says Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan last won the 50-over format World Cup in 1992

May 20, 2023
Misbah-ul-Haq served as Pakistan team's head coach from 2019 to 2021 - PCB

Pakistan's former Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes that Babar Azam's team has a strong chance of winning the ICC World Cup in India. 

Speaking to the media in Lahore today, Misbah said the Pakistan team management should start planning for the mega event now. 

"Pakistan has a strong chance to win the World Cup in India this year," said Misbah who captained the national team in ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia. 

"Three of our batters are in the top ICC rankings. We have good bowling options. There is a need to just make the right plans at the right time. Select a competitive team and make your way in the World Cup strongly," the ex-cricketer suggested. 

Pakistan last won the 50-over format World Cup in 1992 under the captaincy of Imran Khan. The Green Shirts had defeated England in the final at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 25, 1992. 

Misbah also thinks that batting would be a key to victory in India. "Batters take complete advantage on Indian wickets. Our batters need to work hard and make solid plans before going into the World Cup," he reiterated. 

"We need to organise more ODIs for our team. Match practice will help our players get in rhythm before the big event," he concluded. 

Pakistan's participation in World Cup is in doubts

After India refused to travel to Pakistan for Asia Cup this year, Pakistan might not go there to play World Cup in October-November.

The Asia Cup deadlock continues between the two neighbouring countries as India force Asian Cricket Council (ACC) member boards on shifting the Asian event from Pakistan due to political differences.

PCB, on the other hand, has offered a hybrid model that too with two options. In first option, India will play their matches at a neutral venue whereas all other matches will be played in Pakistan. In another option, four matches of the group stage in the first phase will take place in Pakistan whereas second phase, in which matches of Indian team followed by the next stage matches including the final, will be played at a neutral venue.

Sohail Imran is a senior reporter for Geo News.