India’s bitter rivals Pakistan and England will face off in the current ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final. The historic Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the pivotal match on Sunday, November 13. In addition, a former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman stated his wish for the Babar Azam-led team to win the championship before the major final.
Former Indian wicketkeeper and head selector Kiran More claims that given everything Pakistan has gone through as a cricketing nation over the past many years, he wants them to win the trophy this year and put smiles back on the faces of its cricket-crazy supporters. He was referring to long-standing worries about not visiting Pakistan due to safety issues.
During a formal talk with Sportskeeda, he said, “The way Pakistan is playing cricket, when you look at their country also, what they have gone through as a cricket board as well—no team used to travel there. They didn’t get to play matches. I hope Pakistan wins the World Cup.”
He acknowledges that it won’t be simple for them, though, given that England recently defeated Pakistan in their own backyard and that they are a formidable team.
In the second semifinal, played on Thursday in Adelaide, England defeated India by 10 wickets to secure their spot in the finals, while Pakistan qualified by defeating New Zealand by 7 wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Except for the game against New Zealand, the Men in Green’s top opening tandem of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have struggled to score in any of the team’s six games thus far. However, Kiran More expects the two to perform well on game day.
He added, “England went to Pakistan and beat them before coming to the World Cup. They are a threatening team. Babar Azam is a very good player. On the big occasion, he always comes up with good performances. He is an excellent backfoot player. Rizwan is also a good cricketer. Rizwan and Babar make a great combination. Babar has a cool mind and Rizwan has aggression. Their combination is wonderful.”