Pakistan is not afraid of anyone in T20 World Cup: Muhammad Hafeez


Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez (R) greets teammate Mohammad Rizwan after setting a boundary during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between Namibia and Pakistan on November 2, 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. – AFP / File

Sharjah: Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez says that Pakistan’s form in the World Twenty20 is such that they are full of confidence and they have no preference over who they will play in the semi-finals.

Pakistan cannot stop the bitter rivalry at the start of the campaign after a historic 10-wicket win over India.

The 2009 champions beat strong New Zealand, Afghanistan and Namibia.

Pakistan will face Group 1 runners-up, likely Australia or South Africa, who will play their last group match later on Saturday.

Former T20 captain Hafeez said that Pakistan is ready for any opponent.

“Truth be told, when it comes to cricket matches, we don’t think about who we want to play,” Hafeez, 41, said during his match against Scotland on Saturday.

“We are ready for whatever comes because we have a lot of confidence, we are building well and we are performing well.

“But first we have a game against Scotland so we have to play it with the same intensity and confidence. The goal is to win the cup for the nation and we are close to that.”

‘Emotional type player’

Pakistan has won all three of its T20s against Scotland, once in the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007 and two in 2018 in Scotland.

Hafeez said that given the difficult lead in the tournament, he is extra satisfied with his strong performance.

“We played only one of five matches in the West Indies because of the weather,” he said.

“Then New Zealand and England left their tours so we were short on this front but the whole team and the management did well in this tournament.”

New Zealand canceled their tour due to a security alert a few minutes before the start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi in September and then England withdrew from two T20Is in October citing mental and physical health issues of the players. Had done

Hafeez selected the first match against India as a confidence booster – Pakistan’s first win over him in 13 World Cup matches.

“It gives you confidence when you win the first match in any tournament, so when we beat India, it boosted our confidence.

“I have been a part of many World Cup matches against India and after all these defeats we had to suffer the consequences but we always came back strong.

“This time we won and it was great to be part of the team that beat India.”

Hafeez talked about retirement.

“I am focusing on this World Cup so I will decide what to do after this tournament,” he said.

“I am a very passionate player and it is a great honor for me to play for Pakistan.”

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