Pakistan fear nobody at T20 World Cup: Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan´s Mohammad Hafeez (R) greets teammate Mohammad Rizwan after he hits a boundary during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between Namibia and Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 2, 2021. — AFP/File
Pakistan´s Mohammad Hafeez (R) greets teammate Mohammad Rizwan after he hits a boundary in the course of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between Namibia and Pakistan on the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 2, 2021. — AFP/File

SHARJAH: Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez says such is Pakistan’s kind on the Twenty20 World Cup they’re brimming with confidence and don’t have any preferences as to who they play within the semi-finals.

Pakistan have been unstoppable since their historic 10-wicket win over bitter rivals India at the start of the marketing campaign.

The 2009 champions have gone on to beat a powerful New Zealand facet, Afghanistan and Namibia.

Pakistan will face the runners-up of Group 1, prone to be both Australia or South Africa who play their final group matches in a while Saturday.

Hafeez — a former captain of the Twenty20 facet — stated Pakistan have been prepared for any opponent.

“To be honest, when it comes to a cricket match we don’t think about who we want to play,” stated 41-year-old Hafeez on Saturday on the eve of their match with Scotland.

“Whoever comes we are ready for that as our confidence is high, we are shaping up well and we are performing well.

“But first we’ve a recreation in opposition to Scotland so we have to take them on with the identical depth and confidence. The aim is to win the Cup for the nation and we’re near that.”

‘Emotional sort of player’

Pakistan have won all its three T20Is against Scotland, once in the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007 and two in Scotland in 2018.

Hafeez said there was extra satisfaction over their strong performances considering the tricky lead-up they had to the tournament.

“We performed just one match out of 5 within the West Indies because of the climate,” he said.

“Then New Zealand and England deserted their excursions so we have been brief on that entrance however the entire group and the administration have finished properly on this match.”

New Zealand abandoned their tour due to a security alert, minutes before the start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi in September and then England withdrew from two T20Is in October, citing players’ mental and physical health problems.

Hafeez singled out the first match against India as the confidence booster — Pakistan’s first win over them in 13 World Cup matches.

“In any match whenever you win the primary match, it offers you confidence so once we beat India it lifted our confidence massively.

“I have been part of many World Cup matches against India and after all those defeats we had to bear the consequences but we always used to have strong comebacks.

“This time we gained and it was nice to be a part of that group which beat India.”

Hafeez side-stepped talks of retirement.

“I’m specializing in this World Cup so after this match I’ll resolve what to do,” he said.

“I’m a really emotional kind of participant and enjoying for Pakistan is a good pleasure for me.”

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