The build to the upcoming cricket world cup has allready started with all the 10 participating teams making sure that they get the right combination before the start of the marquee event. The world cup will get underway from May 30 and will continue till July 14.
England are the firm favourites to lift the trophy, however some experts claim India to be a force to reckon with alongside Pakistan, who will be high in confidence after triumph in 2017 champions trophy in English conditions.
England disappointed in the 2011 and 2015 edition of the world cup where they were eliminated from the group stage owing to defeats against the minnows. The selectors and team management entrusted the young guns to the job after the 2015 world cup and results started reflecting thereafter. The Three Lions are now the top ranked ODI team followed by India at number two.
The men in blue have played consistent cricket from the 2015 world cup and this can be understood by the fact that they have won the most games in ODI cricket since 2015.
Inzamam ul haq backs Pakistan to win the title
The former Pakistani heavyweight batsman considers his home team as the favourites to win the title despite the 5-0 thrashing to the hands of Australia in United Arab Emirates(UAE). The men in green are currently ranked 6th in ODI rankings and their biggest headache is the batting order who fails to create any impact on numerous occasion.
Inzamam, who happens to be the chief selector of Pakistan cricket board said “I am confident we will pick a very good team for the World Cup and Pakistan will be among the favourites for the title.”
The 49-year-old further said that Pakistan was whitewashed 5-0 by Australia as they rested seven of their key players. He said that those senior pros needed rest before the all important world cup which gave an opportunity to the selectors to test the bench strength.