Every World Cup match is important not just India, NZ games: Hasan Ali

11 October, 2021

 Every World Cup match is important not just India, NZ games: Hasan Ali

LAHORE - Fast bowler Hasan Ali believes that every match in the upcoming T20 World Cup is important to win adding that they are not just focusing on India and New Zealand games. 

After the clash with India at Dubai, Pakistan will take on New Zealand at Sharjah on October 26, following which they will return to Dubai to play Afghanistan on October 29. They will play their last two matches against the sides who qualify from round one on November 2 and 7. 

Talking to the journalists during a virtual press conference on Sunday, 27-year-old Hasan said: “Our players are keen to prepare well before the first encounter of the World Cup against arch-rivals India on October 24. The hype for the match between archrivals Pakistan and India has always been high but this time, Pakistan’s match against New Zealand has also gained popularity after their pull-out from the Pakistan tour. 

“This is a mega cricketing event and every match is important here. We have good time before playing our first game against India and we will utilise it as much as possible to deliver against the archrivals,” the fast bowler added. 

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Hasan said that he wants to lead Pakistan’s pace attack with example. “I want to lead my side’s pace attack and put up exemplary performances. We have played a lot of cricket in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and understand the conditions there. The pitches there are on the slower side and I hardly see a team scoring 200 there. The key will be to bowl according to situation and bring in variations.” 

Replying to a query regarding new bowling coach Vernon Philander, the pacer replied: “Philander hasn’t played much T20 cricket but no doubt he was a great bowler and brought in a lot of success for his South Africa. He knows about bowling and I hope the work we do with him will be helpful for us. 

“But as far as Viki bhai is concerned, before such a mega event, this change in management shouldn’t have happened but obviously, it’s not in my hands. I admire Waqar Younis and all the work I have done with him. I really enjoyed my time with him but unfortunately, he isn’t here and we have to move on. We will move and try to give our best,” he asserted. 

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To another query regarding team combination and Pakistan’s chances of winning the World Cup, Hasan said: “We have a good combination and ability to beat any team in the world. I have full faith in my team that we will give 100 per cent. I don’t claim that we will come back with the trophy because results are not in our hands.

 What we have in our hands is the effort we can put in and we can ensure we will give a fair fight in every game we play. I have to win games for my team no matter where I bowl or bowl with a new or old ball.”

Pakistan, on Sunday, began their pre-departure preparations with a gym session at Lahore’s National High-Performance Centre. Before their departure on 15 October, the touring party will feature in a scenario-based match on 14 October at Gaddafi Stadium.