Waqar confident Pakistan will break World Cup jinx against India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis is confident that his new-look team will be able to break the jinx of not winning against India in major ICC events when they lock horns in the upcoming World T20, which begins right after the Asia Cup T20.

Pakistan play India, first on February 27 at the Asia Cup in Dhaka, and on March 19 in Dharamsala at the World T20.

“Yes, it is at the back of the mind that we don’t seem to do well against India in these big events, especially the ICC World Cups. We have a young team and in familiar conditions they can upset any team if they play consistently well,” NDTV quoted him as saying.

He said India would pose a serious challenge to Pakistan in the coming events because they had a settled T20 squad.

“It will depend on the pitches we encounter in these two events but India is a well-balanced side and I am preparing the players for tough matches,” he said.

“As a player and coach the ambition is there to end this jinx but, in T20 format, it is all about confidence and how you read the pitch and how you play on that particular day,” he added.

“We have a young team and I would like to see more consistency from them,” Waqar said.

He said the experience of playing in two major events before big crowds would help in the development of the younger players.

Waqar said India had the advantage of playing at home in the World T20. “But whenever the two teams play against each other it always boils down to the pressures and how players react on the day to the expectations from them.”