Former Pakistan fast bowler and current head coach Waqar Younis said that he is happy as Pakistan is not a favorite contender to win ICC world cup 2015. In his views if people are predicting you and saying that you are strong team to win the tournament, you will get extra pressure in the competition. So it is great for us if we are not in the race for 2015 cwc winner in people’s eyes.
Waqar said, “I am happy that we are not favorites. To be very honest it’s big pressure of being favorites. We were not favorites last time (in 2011) too but we played excellent cricket. Similarly this time, there are teams which play on those bouncy wickets like Australia and South Africa, and are probably bigger favorites than us. But we hope that with the type of resources we have we can do well.”
While answering on his favorites of the cricket world cup, Waqar said that he wouldn’t disclose the strong teams of tournament right now as it may put his team under pressure. He also said that bowlers are preparing well for the world cup and hopefully we can surprise the teams in competition.
He said, “I don’t want to name favorites and put my team under pressure. All the bowlers will have to share the workload until the World Cup and probably to get the best combination it’s the best thing to do. We have high hopes from Irfan, Wahab (Riaz) and Junaid. They are all experienced bowlers. All they need is to stay fit and fresh.”
Misbah-Ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi have already announced that the upcoming ICC world cup will be their last ODI series, hence Waqar has praised their decision and said that these guys will be looking to give their best in the tournament. Their decision is respectable and it will give chance to the youngsters.
“I can tell you from the results of the last four-five days that they decided to finish on a high. Their body language is very positive and it’s a very positive sign for our youngsters that if someone has decided to quit, they have promised to us that they are going to give not 100 percent but 150 percent in their last tournament. After playing for so long they still have something in the tank. I want to see the best from them and I am sure both of them will give their 100 per cent,” he added.