Sri Lanka not among Wasim Akram's favourites to win WT20

By Staff Writers | March 11, 2014

PhotoDespite winning the Asia Cup recently in Bangladesh, the host country of the upcoming ICC WT20 2014, Sri Lanka are not in former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram's list of top three teams likely to win the WT20.

"For me Pakistan, India and the West Indies are top three favourites, as they play this format well and have enough experience at their disposal," Akram said speaking at a press conference in Karachi on Tuesday.

The number-one ranked T20 side in the world Sri Lanka have twice entered the finals of the WT20, and they recently completed a successful tour of Bangladesh, where they won the Test, ODI and T20 series, in addition to winning the Asia Cup that followed shortly after, which they finished as the only undefeated team.

Akram, who is now a TV commentator, believes his countrymen only need to "enter the event with a positive frame of mind" to win it, and criticised the Pakistani team for losing the Asia Cup final to Sri Lanka.

"I couldn't sleep for two days, as I failed to understand the manner in which we used our bowlers in the final," he lamented.

The fifth edition of the WT20 starts in Bangladesh on March 16. The tournament will see an unprecedented 16 teams vying for the title.

Sri Lanka's WT20 kicks off with a warm-up match against India in Mirpur on March 17.

© Island Cricket


SangaLover's picture
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muta pissu....

Shamil Mohammed's picture

Bottom line he's a Pakistani. And who needs any experts view to say that SL are favourites. Don't we already know? Only slightly shaky point is the Captain, Chandi

Anonymous's picture

I thing akram get money from india that s why he go behin the indian

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Another BCCI puppet :D

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hmmmmm. He usually makes more sensible comments than Ramiz and Waqar.... wonder when was the last time he checked the ICC T20 Rankings..... :P

Ish's picture

Threscothic also said that SL are not favorites. according to him favorites are India..come on chandi and boys show your colours

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My three favourite team for world t20 is west indies pakistan and india. They have the highest chance to win this world t20 title.

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Everybody knows that asia cup win was a fluke one....

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yeh fluke with NINE MATCH WINNING STREAK IN ODIs :D)))))))))))

and fluke NO.1 T20 Team in the world.....

go sh*t somewhere else, :D)))))))))))))))))))

fluke is winning only 2 matches out of last 10 matches played, like the FTBs do... :D)))))))))))

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‘Wasim Akram’ could be a legendary cricketer but certainly is bias as any other Pakistani commentators! He even doesn’t like to ‘lip it out’ to India but he is constraint to do so because his cricketing career which is well supported by Indian Cricket board. Of course, I do agree with him for his voting on West Indies because they are a very destructive unit, especially for T20. Sri Lanka is certainly a frontline favorite for the trophy because it is young and it has a very well balanced side.

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