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Bahzid Khan predicts Pakistan, India to qualify for T20 semi-finals

19 اکتوبر 2021
The ICC Men's T20 World Cup is taking place in the UAE. ICC
The ICC Men's T20 World Cup is taking place in the UAE. ICC

former Pakistan cricketer and commentator Bazid Khan has predicted that India and Pakistan will be two out of the four teams to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

He said this in an ICC video wherein he explained his rationale.

He chose Pakistan "because [it] plays excellent T20 cricket in the UAE," he said. "The [UAE] conditions suit them a lot. Here, don't expect a 200 vs 200 game," he added.

"Their bowlers also know how to bowl exceptionally well in the UAE by bowling cutters and the spinners know how to bowl stump-to-stump. They have perfected all of this," he said.

His choice for India qualifying was for similar reasons.

"India also has a bit of an issue when it comes to power hitting. They also rely on spinners and the pitches there will suit them [Indian spinners]. So the 160-170-run target will also suit them," he said.

He predicted England and West Indies as the remaining two teams.

He said the England squad knows how to win in any kind of situation. "Conditions in the UAE will be a bit tough for them, but in my opinion, they will master them and definitely qualify for the semi-finals," he said

He believes West Indies is a "dynamic team" that had plenty of power hitters who could change the game within two to three overs.

Khan is one of the commentators for the T20 tournament.