Pakistan have not won the cricket World Cup in 27 years but all-rounder Shoaib Malik is confident that Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co have a very good chance of winning the 2019 World Cup, which will take place in England and Wales this year.
Pakistan last won a World Cup in 1992 under the leadership of the great Imran Khan.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Malik said Pakistan definitely have the ability to win the ICC event but their performance against the best teams will define their campaign at the World Cup.
“I feel we have a very good chance to win the tournament. But then having a ‘good chance’ doesn’t mean much. How we play each game and how we perform against the rest of the world will define how far we go,” Malik told Sky Sports.
The 36-year-old, who will retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup, says he’s looking forward to a memorable tournament apart from adding what makes Pakistan a strong team.
“Our capabilities include having top ODI bowlers and batsmen in our line-up and personally I’m looking forward to a memorable World Cup 2019,” Malik said.
Malik is currently in South Africa with the Pakistan side, which is involved in a five-match ODI series against the hosts.
Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the series with a five-wicket win in the first match at Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The second ODI takes place at Durban on 22 January.