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Pakistan fear no one at T20 World Cup: Mohammad Hafeez


SHARJAH: Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez says such is Pakistan’s form at the T20 World Cup they are brimming with confidence and have no preferences as to who they play in the semi-finals.

Pakistan have been unstoppable since their historic 10-wicket win over bitter rivals India at the beginning of the campaign.

The 2009 champions have proceeded to beat a strong New Zealand side, Afghanistan and Namibia.

Pakistan will confront the sprinters up of Group 1, liable to be either Australia or South Africa who play their keep going gathering matches later on Saturday.

Hafeez — a previous skipper of the Twenty20 side — said Pakistan were prepared for any rival.

“Frankly, with regards to a cricket match we don’t contemplate who we need to play,” said 41-year-old Hafeez on Saturday just before their match with Scotland.

“Whoever comes we are prepared for that as our certainty is high, we are getting down to business well and we are performing admirably.

“Be that as it may, first we have a game against Scotland so we want to take them on with a similar force and certainty. The objective is to win the Cup for the country and we are near that.”

‘Passionate kind of player’

Pakistan have won all its three T20Is against Scotland, once in the debut T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007 and two in Scotland in 2018.

Hafeez said there was additional fulfillment over their solid exhibitions considering the precarious lead-up they had to the competition.

“We played just one match out of five in the West Indies because of the climate,” he said.

“Then, at that point, New Zealand and England deserted their visits so we were lacking in that front yet the entire group and the administration have done well in this competition.”

New Zealand deserted their visit because of a security alert, minutes before the beginning of the primary ODI in Rawalpindi in September and afterward England pulled out from two T20 Is in October, refering to players’ psychological and actual medical issues.

Hafeez singled out the primary match against India as the certainty supporter — Pakistan’s first success over them in 13 World Cup matches.

“In any competition when you dominate the main game, it gives you certainty so when we beat India it lifted our certainty gigantically.

“I have been important for some World Cup matches against India and after that large number of losses we needed to bear the outcomes yet we generally used to have solid rebounds.

“This time we won and it was extraordinary to be essential for that group which beat India.”

Hafeez avoided discusses retirement.

“I’m zeroing in on this World Cup so after this competition I will choose what to do,” he said.

“I’m an exceptionally passionate kind of player and playing for Pakistan is an incredible pride for me.”


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