Hasan Ali is optimistic about Pakistan’s chances in the next T20 World Cup, believing that they have the “ability to beat any team in the world.”
Talking to the journalists in the virtual press conference on Sunday, Hasan said he has full faith in his team ahead of the big event.
“We [Pakistan] 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 return with the trophy because the 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,” said Hasan.
The Pakistani pacer also spoke about Pakistan’s first two games in the T20 World Cup, against India and New Zealand.
“Obviously, A lot of hype has already been created about our first two games with India and New Zealand. We don’t have any room to get complacent, and we can’t afford to take these matches lightly. We will go all prepared from the first game, and obviously, when you go on with the win from the opening game, it boosts your confidence. Pressure is there, but we all are professional, and we know how to deal with it,” he said.
The 27-year-old, who has been in good form with the ball in the recent past, wants to lead Pakistan’s bowling attack with standout performances.
Hasan Ali, who has recently been in great form with the ball, also hopes to spearhead Pakistan’s bowling attack with outstanding performances.
“I want to lead my side’s pace attack and put up exemplary performances. I have to win games for my team no matter where I bowl or bowl with a new or old ball,” he said.
Hasan feels the matches in the UAE will be low-scoring affairs, Due to the slow nature of the pitches.
“Wickets in UAE have always been slow, and whatever cricket we played and watched, we hardly saw 200-plus runs scored in an innings. The whole world knows that these will be low scoring games, and I would say if you score 160-170, it may well be a winning score,” he concluded.
Pakistan started their pre-departure preparations on Sunday with a gym session at the National High-Performance Centre in Lahore. The visiting party will compete in a scenario-based contest on October 14 at Gaddafi Stadium before departing on October 15.
Pakistan will start their T20 World Cup campaign against India on October 24 in Dubai.