Shoaib Akhtar speaking
Shoaib Akhtar. (Photograph Supply: Fb)

Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar believes that, in contrast to the earlier T20 World Cup, it could be tough for the Males in Inexperienced to beat India within the upcoming T20 World Cup that’s scheduled to happen in Australia in October. Pakistan and India locked horns of their respective marketing campaign openers the place the previous thrashed the latter to an terrible defeat.

Pakistan’s 10-wicket win over India within the T20 World Cup 2021 was historic as a result of that they had by no means defeated the lads in blue at a 20-over world occasion, and that win marked a primary. The 2 groups are but once more in the identical group and can sq. off in opposition to one another on October 23, Sunday, on the Melbourne Cricket Floor.

“India will provide you with correct planning this time round. It is not going to be simple for Pakistan to beat India in T20 WC this time,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan. Akhtar, who holds the world document for the quickest ball within the historical past of the game, feels that the Indian facet shall be equipped and ready to face their arch-rivals Pakistan, thereby studying from their earlier defeat.

He additionally suggested Pakistan to bowl second because the Melbourne pitch shall be extra beneficial to their quick bowlers. “Predicting match outcomes now’s fairly tough however Pakistan ought to bowl second as [the] pitch in Melbourne presents bounce to quick bowlers,” he stated.

Round 150,000 followers will watch the match in Melbourne: Akhtar

The India-Pakistan rivalry is watched by each cricket fan on the planet and can be eagerly anticipated by the followers of the 2 nations, aside from others. A few of the best cricketing contests have been witnessed when the 2 neighbouring international locations have clashed earlier than, and Akhtar feels that the MCG can be full of lakhs of viewers.

“I imagine the group shall be greater this time. Round 150,000 followers will watch the match line in Melbourne. Out of which, 70,000 shall be Indian supporters,” he stated. Pakistan’s subsequent stint within the worldwide area shall be their two-match Take a look at sequence in opposition to hosts Sri Lanka which is scheduled to start on July 16.