Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes that Pakistan and India will battle out in the final of the T20 World Cup with Pakistan to lift the title.
Speaking on the Indian channel’s show Sports Tak, the Rawalpindi express said his gut feels backs India and Pakistan to reach the final and India to lose to Pakistan to claim their second World T20 title.
Shoaib predicts the finalists of the upcoming WT20
“I have a feeling Pakistan and India will play in the T20 World Cup final and India will lose to Pakistan. Conditions in UAE will favour both India and Pakistan,” Shoaib Akhtar told Sports Tak on YouTube.
The arch-rivals have been placed in the same group (Group 2) in the upcoming T20 World Cup alongside Afghanistan, New Zealand, and the other two qualifiers from Round 1. Both teams will meet for the first time since 2019 in a group league match of the mega event.
Pakistan have a woeful record against India in ICC World Cups, losing all the eleven games, which includes five T20 World Cup matches and six 50 over World Cup games.
Shoaib also added that the other top contenders for the World Cup like England, Australia, and New Zealand will find it hard to compete with the Asian sides on traditional slow and low tracks of the UAE and Oman.
“Pakistan has played a lot of cricket in the UAE. Teams like England, Australia, and New Zealand will struggle against quality spin and I can see Pakistan doing well in the mega event and even winning it,” Akhtar added.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will run from October 17 to November 14 after being shifted from India due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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