Pakistan can beat India and end World Cup jinx in England: Moin Khan

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 14:36 IST 2019 Cricket World Cup: India were handed a 180-run thrashing in the 2017 Champions Trophy final by Pakistan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will take on Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 16 at the 2019 World CupMoin Khan said Pakistan have better bowlers to suit the England conditions during the World CupMoin Khan also said the controversy surrounding Sarfraz Ahmed’s ban was blown out of propotionFormer Pakistan captain Moin Khan believes the present national team has the firepower to break its World Cup jinx against India and register the country’s maiden win over the neighbours in the upcoming ICC 50-over mega-event in the UK.In six times in the World Cup so far, Pakistan have never defeated India. And India and Pakistan will meet again in the World Cup at Old Trafford on June 16.”This present team is very capable of recording a first win over India in a World Cup because there is talent, there are depth and variety and Sarfaraz Ahmed has now gelled the squad well,” Moin said on GTV News channel on Tuesday.Pakistan confident after Champions Trophy win vs India?Moin, who featured in many famous matches against India and was a member of the 1992 and 1999 World Cup teams, said this time he is confident of Pakistan win.”I say this because our boys beat them (India) in the Champions Trophy two years back and I just feel that in English conditions in June we have better bowlers,” he said.Moin feels India and England would be the teams to beat in the World Cup.”This should be a very interesting World Cup and I am backing Pakistan to beat India. Our boys are in good spirits and it is good they will go into the competition after having played ODI matches against South Africa, Australia, and England,” he said.He also supported the move to have three weeks training camp in England before the World Cup, saying this would help the players in acclimatising comfortably to the English conditions.advertisement”Pakistan has been one team which has done well in England in the last many years and in May-June the weather can be unpredictable and there is moisture in the pitches,” said Moin.Sarfraz racism incident blown out of proportion: MoinThe former Pakistan manager and chief selector also supported the return of Sarfaraz as captain for the World Cup.”I don’t know why all this fuss was made about the captaincy after the ban imposed on him for an incident blown out of proportion to my mind. I have seen Sarfaraz lead the team and I know since he was a junior and I have captained and coached him and I can tell you there is no better person to lead the Pakistan team than him now,” Moin said.Also Read | Lessons in cricket and babysitting: Rishabh Pant reacts to Virender Sehwag’s TV commercialAlso Read | England drop to No.5 in ICC Test rankings despite 232-run victory over West IndiesAlso Read | Pant, Rohit as openers for India in World Cup? Shane Warne has an interesting takeAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow Moin KhanFollow Sarfraz AhmedFollow Virat Kohli Pakistan can beat India and end World Cup jinx in England: Moin KhanIn six meetings at World Cups so far, Pakistan have never managed to beat India but former captain Moin Khan believes Sarfraz Ahmed’s men can end the drought in the 2019 edition of the quadrennial event.advertisementlast_img

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