Former wicketkeeper Rashid Latif reckoned that Pakistan are a better cricket team than India at the present point in time. The veteran was of the opinion that the Men in Green have players, including the likes of skipper Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi, who have been rewarded with awards by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
He lauded Team India for playing good cricket, but also said that no other team is playing as good as Pakistan of late in international cricket.
“India is no doubt a good team, but there’s no example of the way Pakistan is currently playing cricket. Pakistan has players like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan who are currently named as the best players by the ICC,” Latif was quoted as saying in Cricket Pakistan.
Latif, who played 37 Tests and 166 ODIs for Pakistan from 1992 to 2003, said that India and Pakistan will go into the upcoming Asia Cup as the firm favourites.
“No doubt other teams are also competitive but the main competition in Asia Cup 2022 would be between India and Pakistan,” he stated.
Latif also said that Pakistan would be high on morale and confidence after beating the Men in Blue by 10 wickets in last year’s T20 World Cup match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
“I am hopeful for Pakistan to win Asia Cup 2022. The victory against India in the recent T20 World Cup 2021 has increased hopes for Pakistan,” Latif added.
Back then, Rizwan and Babar made sure that they stitched together a 152-run stand for the opening wicket and took Pakistan to victory with 13 balls to spare.