Pakistani bowler Usman Khan Shinwari thinks his side are well placed to compete against the world’s best teams at this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, reported, ICC.
A left-arm seam bowler with genuine pace, Shinwari has made a superb start to his ODI career, averaging just 15.27 with the ball from his nine ODIs after making his debut against Sri Lanka in late 2017. Shinwari, who recently played for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, thinks that Pakistan boast a well-balanced white-ball side.
He said: “Pakistan has excellent Twenty20 and One-Day sides and the teams have excellent balance of good batsmen, all-rounders and fast-bowlers.”
Despite expecting a tough tournament, Shinwari thinks that the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy winners are capable of beating anyone.
“Obviously, the upcoming World Cup will be a tough competition as it’s being held in England and the top teams of the world will be competing for the trophy, so it will not be easy for any team. But I am convinced that with the group of players we have now, we have the ability to take on the toughest of teams and we will try and win the 2019 World Cup.”
Shinwari is in Pakistan’s ODI squad for their five-match ODI series against South Africa that starts on Saturday.