June 5, 2013
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What chance are Pakistan of making the final?
If the Champions Trophy winners were chosen on talent alone, then many people would be handing the Pakistani players their winner’s medal now. The men in green possess some of the finest cricketers in the game and if they can focus around a common goal, then this is a team that will strike fear into their opponents.
Pakistan find themselves in a tough group alongside rivals India, South Africa, and West Indies. However, they are in good form fresh from a series victory against India, and have been in the UK for some time after playing two exciting matches against a very competitive Ireland side in the build-up to this competition.
Pakistan have always produced good quality seam bowlers who will benefit from the English conditions, but in Saeed Ajmal they have a match winner spinner who can conquer any team, in any conditions. Ajmal with his variations has proven to be the difference for Pakistan time after time and the off-spinner also has the ability to bowl at the death of an innings when the game is on the line more often than not.
Another benefit to this team from the sub-continent is the support they will receive in the stadiums. This will especially be the case when they travel to Edgbaston.
The men in green have two hardened old pros at the helm in Misbah-ul-Haq, and coach Dav Whatmore. If these leaders can get their team pulling in the right direction we could see something special from this group.