Jayawardene surprised Pakistan not favourites

Experienced Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene said Friday he was surprised that Pakistan are not rated amongst the favourites to win the World Cup, insisting they are potential champions.

“I find it surprising that their name is not bandied about in the mix of potential World Cup winners as they have brilliant match winners with both bat and ball,” Jayawardene wrote about the 1992 champions on his blog.

Co-hosts India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and defending champions Australia are regarded as the leading contenders, with some tagging Pakistan as dark horses.

But Jayawardene believes Pakistan can win the title.