The much awaited ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 kicked off on October 5, and it opened with a stunning performance as New Zealand secured an impressive nine-wicket victory over the reigning champions, England at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
Amplifying the tournament’s anticipation, former Pakistani cricketer Abdul Razzaq has shared his predictions regarding the four teams that, in his estimation, will earn coveted berths in the prestigious semi-final stage of the illustrious ICC event. The all-rounder also underlined the significance of maintaining patience, especially when it comes to bowling with the old ball.
During a discussion on the “Haarna Mana Hay” show, the Lahore-born cricketer highlighted a crucial aspect of the game, emphasizing the need for patience, particularly when dealing with the older leather.
“Cricket is played in accordance with the situation of a match. Sometimes you go for wickets and sometimes it is important to contain runs. You will be in trouble if you mix them,” said Razzaq.
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The 43-year-old articulated his vision, asserting that he envisions Pakistan, England, New Zealand, and India as the formidable quartet destined to secure coveted positions in the grand event’s final four.
Mohammad Amir’s advice to Shaheen Shah Afridi
On the same show, Pacer Mohammad Amir offered his perspective on the talented bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, shedding light on crucial aspects of his game.
He underscored the pivotal role that the left-armer plays within the team, particularly when it comes to securing early wickets. The 31-year-old emphasized Shaheen’s ability to set the tone with the ball is instrumental in Pakistan’s success, highlighting the significance of early breakthroughs.
“Like Babar Azam, Shaheen’s role in the team is very important. If he doesn’t set the tone with the ball, Pakistan team will struggle. It is very important that he takes wickets in the initial few overs. If he doesn’t get wickets, it could be a problem,” said Amir.
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