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‘I am backing Pakistan to beat India’ at World Cup – Moin Khan

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ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup winner Moin Khan has backed Pakistan to break from history and defeat old rivals India at the upcoming global tournament.

The rivalry between the two sides is one of the most storied and hotly contested in all sport, not just cricket, so it seems incredible that Pakistan have never prevailed against their neighbours at a World Cup.

Come June, the unbelievable could become the untrue, with former Pakistan captain Moin branding the current side “very capable” of ripping up the history books and claiming a first-ever World Cup win over India. “This present team is very capable of recording a first win over India in a World Cup because there is talent, there is depth and variety,” he said.

Pakistan have never beaten India at a World Cup
Pakistan have never beaten India at a World Cup

Pakistan do have more recent form on their side, having won the last clash between the sides at an ICC tournament – the 2017 Champions Trophy final.

“I say this because our boys beat them (India) in the Champions Trophy two years back and I just feel that in English conditions in June we have better bowlers,” said Moin. “This should be a very interesting World Cup and I am backing Pakistan to beat India. Our boys are in good spirits and it is good they will go into the competition after having played ODI matches against South Africa, Australia and England.”

The two sides will face off on 16 June at Old Trafford, Manchester.

 

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