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Pakistan capable of winning World Cup, says Azhar


azharAll-rounder Azhar Mahmood believes that Pakistan is capable of winning the forthcoming Cricket World Cup (CWC) as the conditions in the West Indies are favourable for South Asian cricketing nations.

Azhar, who has been included in the reserves list for the World Cup, said on Tuesday that he was fully fit and was raring to go the Caribbean event if he is asked to do so. He revealed that he has been training hard to keep his fitness levels up.

Azhar also expressed his satisfaction over his recent performance in Proteas and said that he needs a couple of more matches to be a permanent part of the team.

About the World Cup, he said the cricketing conditions in the West Indies suit the South Asian teams and Pakistan should take advantage of those conditions.

He explained that if the team gets the services of their star pacers ñ Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif ñ in the World Cup than they stand a very bright chance of doing well in the tournament and will be tough opponents to beat. But Azhar warned that Pakistan might struggle in the absence of Shoaib and Asif.

Azhar remarked that Pakistan have a good bunch of all-rounders in the shape of Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik who can perform on the given day for the team and also counted himself among that category of all-rounders and vowed that the all-rounders can play a major role in the World Cup.

Source:The News

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