Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore is pretty confident about his team’s chances in the upcoming T20 World Cup, set to be played in Sri Lanka later this year.
The Men in Green are due to meet Australia ahead of the mega event. A lot of Pakistan players are currently playing in the Sri Lankan premier league, and Whatmore has welcomed the opportunity for his players to get ready for the World Cup.
According to the cricket pundits, the ongoing T20 league is a massive opportunity for the players to adjust their game according to the Lankan conditions, and gear up for the big meeting.
Whatmore knows Sri Lanka’s conditions very well, as he has coached the side in the past. Under his command, the islanders won the 1996 World Cup, co-hosted by Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.
"There is an opportunity for some of the boys to participate in the SLPL and it’s a good thing and I have no problem with it. At least they are playing on ground and in the similar conditions and in those two grounds where we are going to play our matches.
There are a few other (countries) doing the same thing and they are getting good practice," Whatmore told reporters at the National Cricket Academy.
"We will do our best to perform in the conditions, which are close to the conditions in Pakistan, but certainly it won’t be in Pakistan. The selectors have given us a group of players who are competitive enough to give us the right results and win the games,"
The Green Shirts are placed in Group D with Bangladesh and New Zealand. The selectors have already announced the squad under the captaincy of Mohammad Hafeez. The Cornered Tigers won the T20 World Cup in 2009, when Younis Khan led the team to an emphatic
Taking about the shortest version of the game, Whatmore stated, "Every team has started taking this form of the game more seriously… we have a good team for this format.”
The first One Day International (ODI) between Pakistan and Australia is scheduled to be played in Sharjah on August 28th.