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Pakistan Eager to Beat India in 2023 ICC World Cup

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Pakistan’s opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq has expressed his team’s eagerness to beat India in the upcoming ICC World Cup, which will be held in India later this year. Imam revealed that Pakistan has been focused on the mega event since the last edition in 2019 and the desire to beat India in India is a top priority for the team.

“We had already started thinking about the 2023 World Cup during the 2019 World Cup. Everyone wants to beat India in India and perform well,” Imam told Geo News in an exclusive interview on Saturday.

Imam also spoke about the healthy competition for the opening spot in the Pakistan side, saying that the youngsters who have been performing well in the Pakistan Super League have brought a new and fearless approach to the team. This, he added, has helped improve the performance of the more experienced players as well.

The left-hander also revealed that facing fast bowlers in the nets, including the likes of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf, has been beneficial for the team’s preparation. He said that practicing against bowlers bowling at 140kph on a daily basis has made facing the express pace of international bowlers like Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins or Lockie Ferguson easier for the team.

Imam expressed satisfaction with Pakistan team’s preparations for the upcoming assignments, including the New Zealand series and the Asia Cup. He said that the team has formed a balanced side and is playing regularly, which will give them enough practice before the mega event.

“Our preparations for the upcoming World Cup are pretty good. We will get eight matches before the Asia Cup, which is adequate in my opinion. We also have time to prepare for the New Zealand series, which we will use to play practice matches,” he said.

Imam is currently part of Pakistan’s ODI squad which will take on New Zealand in a five-match ODI series in April-May. The series schedule includes five T20Is and five ODIs, with the T20Is starting at 9pm and the ODIs beginning at 3.30pm.

Imam-ul-Haq’s comments reflect Pakistan’s determination to perform well and beat India in the upcoming ICC World Cup. With a balanced team and enough practice matches, Pakistan is hoping to make a strong impression in the mega event.

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