DUBAI: Former captain Rashid Latif has said that Pakistan cricket team is favourite to win the Asia Cup 2018, to be held in UAE.
Talking to media, Latif said: “As UAE is home for Pakistan cricket for last decade and green caps are fully aware about the conditions, they have very bright chances of winning the Cup. India is much weaker in the absence of Virat Kohli, but green caps have to be very professional in approach and shouldn’t take them easy.
“Pakistan batting is highly balanced and delivering for last few matches consistently. For me, Fakhar Zaman holds the key as he is in traffic form and producing wonders with the willow. He can provide Pakistan perfect start and he will remain instrumental throughout the Cup and upcoming series,” he said.
“Return of Junaid Khan will boost fast bowling department, as he has formed formidable pair with M Aamir and Fahim Ashraf while Shahdab Khan will definitely add strength to bowling. Shoaib Malik, like always, will be backbone of middle order and his experience and reading of the game will boost further chances of Pakistan. On a whole, Pakistan team is balanced and is capable of winning the Asia Cup,” he added.
Latif congratulated new PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and hoped now things in the PCB will be streamlined and he will bring transparency in the board. “Mani is a vastly experienced person and we are also stakeholders. Despite difference of opinion and a lot of reservations about the working of former PCB chairmen, I always extended my all-out support in certain issues and same I will extend to Mani.”