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ICC World Cup 2019 | Hafeez Banks on Support of Pakistani Community in UK

England is the place where they won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and 2009 ICC T20 World Cup.

Cricketnext Staff |May 27, 2019, 9:22 PM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | Hafeez Banks on Support of Pakistani Community in UK

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez feels England is Pakistan team’s ‘home away from home’. England is the place where they won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and 2009 ICC T20 World Cup.

While their preparation for this year’s World Cup has not been ideal, with a 4-0 loss for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side to England earlier this month, Hafeez feels the support of Pakistani community in UK will lift their morale.

“Every time we come here, the first thing we get is the massive support. We always feel when coming here like we’re playing at home,” Hafeez said on Monday.

“The fans are very fanatic and they want us to get success. That’s what we’re here for. It’s a boost, to be honest. The atmosphere is always electric. As a cricketer, you always want to do well and get lots of respect.”

Pakistan can take some solace from the superb form of the elegant Babar Azam, who scored a century and 80 against England before another century against Afghanistan in the warm-up match.

With totals of 300 and above expected to be commonplace over the course of the tournament, Hafeez stressed the importance of having an X-factor in the bowling ranks.

“The series we played here last time before the World Cup, I’ve never seen the pitches like that before. There’s something to adjust, and I think everyone is ready for that,” the 38-year-old experienced Pakistan batsman said.

“The pitches are immaculate now but let’s see how it goes as the tournament progresses. At the moment, it’s really suitable for the batsmen and we’ll see some big scores from all the teams,” Hafeez, who has turned out in 210 ODI for Pakistan till date, said.

“I believe that cricket has evolved massively, but at the same time you still need that wicket-taking ability in your bowling. If you don’t have that, you can’t stop any team. Your spinners will play a major role and at the same time you must have some mystery in you that can cause confusion in the other team.”

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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