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Pakistan’s chief selector, Muhammad Wasim, defended the roster chosen for the 2022 World Cup, citing their performances against India in the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup last year. While Pakistan recorded their first-ever World Cup win over India in last year’s competition, they narrowly defeated their arch-rivals in the Asian Cup before beating them to the final a week later. Speaking at a press conference following the announcement of Pakistan’s squad, Wasim said the wins showed the team could take on big opponents and come out on top.
“The biggest positive for us is not only the results, the results were good, but which teams we have beaten is visible to everyone,” he said.
“India is a multi-billion dollar team. And when you see how we played the first game against them in the Asian Cup and then within a week how we beat them, nobody can think we can’t beat big teams. We did and show,” he continued.
“We showed it last year too and we did it again in the Asian Cup. So we have absolutely full confidence in this team,” he added.
He said the team had worked hard to make their compatriots happy.
“This team has spread a lot of joy this year. When you see our fans following, the engagement, there’s been a lot with this team, and the contribution in that has been from these guys,” Wasim told reporters.
“They have continued to bring us happiness and we hope they can bring us even more joy at the World Cup.”
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