PAK vs CAN: Beating Canada will not be easy for Pakistan, says Aakash Chopra

Both sides are set to meet in New York on Tuesday for important T20 World Cup clash

By Web Desk
June 11, 2024
Former India opener Aakash Chopra. — Facebook/Aakash Chopra

Former India opener Aakash Chopra stated that beating Canada will not be easy for Pakistan as both sides are set to lock horns at New York’s Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Pakistan have lost two matches in the World Cup so far. After losing to the United States (USA) in their first match of the tournament, the Babar Azam-led unit had a chance to make a comeback but they failed to chase the 120-run target against India in New York.

Chopra believed that Canada beat Ireland in New York and they have quality bowlers which could make life difficult for Pakistan.

"You might be thinking about Pakistan's qualification chances. They are not too far behind in net run rate and since these games are being played on such grounds, no team will be able to catch up. It's difficult to beat Canada because they beat Ireland on the same ground. They have decent fast bowling and you also get a left-arm spinner in Saad Bin Zafar," Chopra said while talking on YouTube.

He also questioned Pakistan’s team selection for the World Cup and stated that he met a number of Pakistani fans after losing to India and all of them felt that they were “humiliated”. He urged that the fans should be far more angry with the way their cricket runs.

"Pakistan's chances are not yet over although whichever people I met, in Manhattan and at the ground, everyone said they had been humiliated. The situation is very bad and the fans' anger is legit. More than the players, you should be angry with the way Pakistan cricket runs, that which people you select,"  he added.

"If you felt that after selecting this team, especially this batting, you are making a world-beating team, it's T20, things can and might change, but it doesn't look like that after seeing the team. The batting does not have the might at all, how do you do that? That's Pakistan cricket for you," he added.