Dubai: Pakistan’s interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq has said that it would be a wonderful thing if they face India again in the final. He believes that the more these two neighboring countries play against each other, the better their relationship will continue to be.
Pakistan started their campaign with a thumping victory beating India by 10 wickets. Earlier, Pakistan had never defeated India in the T20 World Cup, while the two clashed five times. Similarly, in the ODI World Cup seven times, Pakistan has not defeated India till date.
After defeating India, Pakistan defeated New Zealand by five wickets in their second match. Pakistan is currently ranked No. 1 in Group 2 and they are a strong contender for a place in the semi-finals. On Friday, Pakistan will face Afghanistan and then they have to play against Namibia and Scotland.
Saqlain said, “If India comes before us in the final, it will be a great thing, not because we beat them, but they are a strong team. Everyone is calling them champions, along with them The team of Australia and England also always give tough competition. If India and Pakistan face again in the final, then this will be a great opportunity for the cricket fans. India is our neighbor country and due to the match against them, we also have a mutual relationship. are better.”
On Friday, Pakistan will face Afghanistan equipped with the best spinners in the world, including Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi. Afghanistan and Pakistan have faced only once in T20 Internationals. When Pakistan defeated them in 2013 with one ball remaining and at that time Rashid and Mujeeb did not even debut.
Regarding this match, Saqlain said, “I have heard and seen a lot about these players, they are their very important players. They play very good cricket in every different league. We have to come up with a strategy against them. At the same time, this entire team is known for playing fearless cricket and we have to be smarter than them.”
Significantly, in the 2007 World Cup, India last faced Pakistan twice. However, before this, the Champions Trophy was such an ICC tournament in which India faced Pakistan twice.
India Pakistan’s first match played in the T20 World Cup was tied and after that the result came out by ball out, while in the final of the year 2007, these two teams met again in which the decision was taken in the last over. Both times India won over Pakistan. was successful in doing.