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Waqar Younis Gives Pakistan 'Fair' Chance to Lift 2019 World Cup

Cricketnext Staff |June 19, 2018, 11:49 AM IST
Waqar Younis Gives Pakistan 'Fair' Chance to Lift 2019 World Cup

Pakistan under Sarfraz Ahmed defied all odds to beat arch-rivals India to lift the Champions Trophy in England in 2017. And former skipper Waqar Younis feels that the team has a good chance of coming back to the country in 2019 and win the World Cup.

"Looking back at the Champions Trophy, the team is building the confidence, the faith is coming," Waqar told the ICC in England.

"I’ll give a fair chance to Pakistan winning this World Cup. Pressure is going to be there. Expectation from the entire country. There’s so many Pakistanis living in this county so they’re going to travel around, there’s going to be a lot of support for Pakistan. There will be pressure because supporters bring it but they will enjoy it hopefully and do well."

While Pakistan will have the edge having won the Champions Trophy in similar conditions, Waqar feels that it will be a tough task for current World No.1 England to lift the trophy. The pacer feels that it is always difficult for the home team, even though India lifted the trophy at home in 2011 and Australia did the same in 2015.

"There’s always pressure for the hosting side," Waqar said. "Last couple of World Cups, the host team has won it, so that creates even more pressure. England know their game very well when they’re playing on their home ground. But the other teams are going to come very prepared."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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