T20 World Cup Final: Pakistan have nothing to lose and everything to win, says Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar said that Pakistan have nothing to lose and everything to win against England in the T20 World Cup Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, November 13.
Pakistan will take on England in the T20 World Cup final. (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar stated that Babar Azam-led side has nothing to lose and everything to win against England in the T20 World Cup Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, November 13.
The T20 World Cup 2022 has come down to a repeat of the 1992 final, when Pakistan clashed with England in the showdown of the 50-over World Cup at the MCG. Ahead of the final, Akhtar urged Pakistan to bring their A game and not give any opportunity to England.
The Rawalpindi Express added that the summit clash would be tough for both sides as no team in the tournament was favourite. Akhtar also took a cheeky dig at Pakistan’s campaign, which saw two defeats in the group stage, saying Babar’s men were “nowhere”.
Akhtar also praised Pakistan’s batting, which has clicked in time, and bowlers, who have regained their fitness. Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, who recently recovered from a knee injury, was struggling in the group stage but came out firing in the semi-final against New Zealand.
“You have to bring your A game. Don’t give any opportunity to England. It is going to be a tough final. I think Pakistan’s batting has started performing, wickets have settled and bowlers have regained their fitness. I hope nobody is favourite in this team. Whoever plays well, will win. Nobody was favourite in this tournament. Pakistan team was nowhere and now they are in the final, so we do not have anything to lose and have everything to win,” Akhtar said in a video shared on Twitter.
The T20 World Cup 2022 Final is under the threat of persistent rain throughout the day and the reserve day, too, does not look promising. The ICC’s Event Technical Committee on November 12 changed the playing regulations to give the teams more time in case of rain interruptions on the final. The organisers have increased the provision of additional playing time on the reserve day.
Subsequently, an additional two hours have been added to the original provision of two hours in case more time is required to complete the match and get a result. The play needs to have 10 overs per side to constitute a match in the knockout stage. But if a 10-over-per-side contest does not take place, then Pakistan and England will be declared joint winners.