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Rashid Latif on the ICC World Cup 2023: “Don’t See Asian Teams Getting An Extra Edge In World Cup”


Rashid Latif, a former captain of Pakistan, has made a crucial observation regarding the Asian Teams at the future ICC World Cup in India in 2023. With the eagerly anticipated India-Pakistan match taking place on October 14, the competition will run from October 5 to November 19.

The league stage will feature one match between each of the top 10 teams, while the semifinals and championship game will be played on November 19 in Ahmedabad. Rashid Latif saw a significant weakness in the Asian teams compared to the SENA nations in an interview with the Cricket Baaz Youtube channel on Wednesday.

In comparison to previous teams, he claimed that South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia will offer a fresh approach to their playing style. In other words, Latif suggested that Asian teams would have trouble scoring frequently in middle overs.

Rashid Latif predicts that Asian teams would struggle in the middle overs.
The former wicket-keeper batsman remarked, “The one area where I feel Asian teams will struggle to match these sides is particularly in the middle overs when a fast strike rate is required even in 50 overs.” The reverse sweep and switch shots used by English, Australian, and New Zealand hitters against spinners have become increasingly lethal in recent years.

He pointed out that England, in particular, is skilled at utilising its spinners in middle overs, which might make it challenging for opposing teams to score runs.

“While our spinners prioritize economical bowling, a bowler like Adil Rashid or a player like Moeen Ali buy their wickets. The fact that it is being staged in India won’t give Asian countries an advantage in what will be one of the most fiercely contested World Cups, he continued.

He continued by discussing India’s potential to win the World Cup as the host nation. India is hosting the ICC World Cup for the first time with unanimity. He claimed that a lot will depend on players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli considering their inexperienced middle-order.

Rashid finished by saying, “The management of the Indian team has experimented with a number of players, and if I talk about their batting, the middle and lower order say from 4 to 7, they just have not allowed any new player to settle down with frequent changes.”

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