Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman feels his team should be considered as favourites to win the next year’s World Cup scheduled in England and Wales. The 28-year-old, Pakistan’s only double centurion in the 50-over format, is convinced that their combination and the recent results show that they are good enough to lift the title for the second time after 1992. It was urrent Prime Minister Imran Khan gave the nation its maiden world title that year.
Zaman created some records during Pakistan’s last ODI engagement which was against Zimbabwe in July. Apart from smashing the first double hundred, he also became the quickest to reach 1,000 runs in the ODIs, eclipsing the legendary Sir Vivian Richards. Having made his international debut in 2017, the left-hander has played in 18 ODIs and 22 T20Is so far and yet to make his Test debut. He played a key role in the final of the Champions Trophy against India in England last year by hitting a century.
“We will travel to England to win the title and not just to make up the numbers. I do feel that it is right for us to be labelled favourites for the 2019 World Cup as our team will be well equipped for this tournament,” Zaman said in an interview with Sky Sports. “The current Pakistan team combination is brilliant and the results we have recently produced are good proof of that.”