Thursday, 9 December, 2021

We fear no one at T20 World Cup, says Hafeez

We fear no one at T20 World Cup, says Hafeez

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Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez says such is Pakistan's form at the Twenty20 World Cup they are brimming with confidence and have no preferences as to who they play in the semi-finals, report agencies.

Pakistan have been unstoppable since their historic 10-wicket win over bitter rivals India at the beginning of the campaign. The 2009 champions have gone on to beat a strong New Zealand side, Afghanistan and Namibia.

Pakistan will face the runners-up of Group 1, likely to be either Australia or South Africa who play their last group matches later on Saturday. Hafeez -- a former captain of the Twenty20 side -- said Pakistan were ready for any opponent.

"To be honest, when it comes to a cricket match we don't think about who we want to play," said 41-year-old Hafeez on Saturday on the eve of their match with Scotland.

In the day’s first match, New Zealand and Afghanistan are set to cross swords of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi today. The Kane Williamson-led Black Caps are on a three-match winning streak after having recovered from their initial defeat against Pakistan. New Zealand and Afghanistan are yet to face each other in T20Is.

While a victory would help them qualify for the semi-final, a loss would knock them out of the T20 competition due to their inferior net run rate compared to Afghanistan and India. The Afghans, placed fourth, are also in a must-win scenario after they slumped to a 66-run loss at the hands of Team India.