Pace bowler Haris rauf has asserted that the team has set their eyes on playing final of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in India.
While talking in a press-conference, the 30-year-old shared his thoughts and aspirations for the upcoming World Cup. The young and talented bowler exuded confidence and optimism as he discussed various aspects of the competition.
"Playing for your country at any big tournament is a source of pride," Rauf began, echoing the sentiments of many cricketers when representing their nation on the global stage.
He also acknowledged the challenges posed by conditions in India but expressed faith in his team's ability to adapt, saying, "The conditions are not familiar [to us], but Asian conditions are usually similar throughout so it should be alright."
Rauf also highlighted the absence of Naseem Shah but remained hopeful about Hasan Ali's performance, stating, "We will be missing Naseem Shah a lot, but Hasan Ali is a great bowler, and we have played with him a lot so we have faith in him. We are hoping for a great comeback from him."
When asked about his role in the team and taking the new ball, Rauf responded with a mature and team-oriented perspective, saying, "I do not control whether I take the new ball or not, but it doesn't matter. We take the challenges as they come and perform the best way we can."
He emphasised the unity of the bowling unit and their track record in big matches, stating, "It is not up to me to decide where I bowl in the game, but whenever I get the ball, I will try to deliver. We perform well as a bowling unit. We have played big matches, and you can look up the performances."
Rauf also shed light on the team's approach to the tournament, stating, "We do not have any preset plans and goals. You cannot go with personal goals as they do not help the team. We have to think about the team first; we will go there and assess the conditions and then decide our plans for the tournament."
In a final and resounding statement, Rauf revealed the team's ambition, saying, "We are envisioning ourselves in the final; semi-final is too short a goal. No matter who the semi-finalists or the finalists are, we want to see ourselves in the final, foremost. We have a lot of belief as a team. We know we are the best, and we have a lot of self-belief while playing together."
Rauf's unwavering confidence reflects the determination and commitment of the Pakistan cricket team as they prepare to compete on the world stage.