Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has weighed in on the national team’s chances in the upcoming T20 World Cup edition. As Pakistan is one of the most unpredictable teams in the world, it is difficult to count them out of any ICC tournament. Salman Butt remains optimistic about the chances in the green as they have played a lot of cricket in the United Arab Emirates.
While Pakistan’s performance in the first two T20 World Cups was excellent, they last reached the knockout blow in 2012. After suffering a narrow defeat against arch-enemy India in 2007, the men in green Sri Lanka in 2009 to lift the trophy. But their performance in the last two issues has not been very inspiring.
Salman Butt pointed out that with IPL set to take place ahead of the UAE in the United Arab Emirates, all top overseas and Indian players would have an idea of the places, average scores and the match plan to be followed. But the 36-year-old reckons that even if the World Cup had not moved from India to the UAE, conditions in India are similar to those of Pakistan.
“IPL will also take place before the World Cup, so Indian players will also play there. All the top international players will also be part of the IPL. So everyone will have a good idea about the type of pitches, game plan and average scores. So everyone is used to the conditions. “Even if the World Cup had taken place in India, the conditions there would be similar to those in Pakistan.” Butt told in his Youtube channel.
Pakistan played a lot of cricket in the UAE: Salman Butt
But Salman Butt also recalled that the second leg of PSL 2021 took place in the UAE; so all the leading players know the conditions. Butt reckons Pakistan has a good chance of winning the tournament as spin bowlers would come into play, while fast bowlers would also play a role if lanes are similar to Abu Dhabi. He feels that passengers who can hit a good length can harm the batsmen.
‘Pakistan played a lot of cricket in the UAE, and the remaining leg of the PSL was also played there. Pakistan has a good chance because spin bowlers come into play. But if we get places like in Abu Dhabi, then the team will also have better fast bowlers in action. Fast bowlers who can hit good length can create a lot of trouble, ” he added.