World Cup format to present Pakistan an edge, says Moin

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan is assured the nationwide aspect may have an edge over their opponents throughout subsequent 12 months’s ICC Cricket World Cup due to the format of the match.

Identical to the 1992 version, which was gained by Pakistan, the 10 collaborating sides sq. off in opposition to one another in a league spherical with the highest 4 advancing to the semi-finals.

“The format is just like that of 1992 and that fits us,” Moin, who saved wickets for Pakistan throughout their sole World Cup triumph, mentioned whereas addressing a press convention after the World Cup trophy was displayed right here on the Nationwide Stadium as a part of its international Trophy Tour.

“On the ‘92 World Cup, we have been struggling after the primary few matches, however the format helped us to return again and ultimately win it,” he added.

Moin additionally believes that the excessive variety of Pakistani expatriates in the UK will probably be a bonus for the nationwide aspect.

“The help all the time helps,” mentioned the 47-year-old. “The Champions Trophy victory final 12 months can even function a confidence booster for Pakistan on the World Cup.”

Regardless of a disastrous marketing campaign on the just lately concluded Asia Cup, Moin mentioned that the Pakistan staff administration ought to retain Sarfraz Ahmed because the captain.

“I’m the one one who has backed Sarfraz regardless of the poor run on the Asia Cup,” he mentioned. “Such issues can occur to good groups however these experiences may also be used as a willpower to make a powerful comeback.”

Moin believed the choice committee is not going to make large modifications to the staff earlier than the World Cup and that there should be an honest variety of gamers who already know they will play on the cricketing calendar’s masterpiece.

Moin’s phrases should have added to the air of positivity the ICC World Cup trophy has introduced together with it to Pakistan throughout it’s tour — however the preparations on the Karachi venue appeared disrespectful to the stature of the prize that was placed on show.

A lot of media individuals have been crammed into the auditorium constructed within the Nationwide Cricket Academy premises exterior the primary floor.

The proceedings have been scheduled to begin at 11.00am. Nevertheless, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officers have been seen organising the backdrop and a few furnishings after that very time on an under-sized stage for such an occasion.

For the ICC advertising and promotions officer Shomeresh Shetty, nevertheless, “the PCB has been proactive through the tour”.

The trophy was later displayed on the Mohatta Palace and the Frere Corridor. It can keep within the metropolis until October 13, when it will likely be displayed on the Dolmen Mall, Clifton. Its subsequent cease is Bangladesh.

Earlier than Karachi, cricket’s most prestigious prize toured Lahore and Rawalpindi.

Revealed in , October eighth, 2018

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