Pakistan coach Saqlain Mushtaq said on Thursday that it would be great if his team takes on India in the final of the T20 World Cup. He lauded both the teams for spreading the message of brotherhood in the first match of the group stage of the ongoing tournament. Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets on Sunday and according to Saqlain, players from both the teams gave a solid message of humanity with their sporting demeanor.
Asked if he wants to play another match against his traditional rival in the final of this prestigious tournament, Saqlain said, “If India make it to the final, it will be great because I believe their team is strong.” And everyone considers him a strong contender, I am not saying this because we have defeated him.
He said, ‘If we play two matches, then the relationship will get better. The way Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and even our players behaved in the last match sends a solid message that we are all human beings, we all love each other, it was just one match. Credit goes to the players for conveying the message. May the victory of friendship, defeat of enmity. Saqlain was asked this question during a press conference ahead of the match against Afghanistan here on Friday. Saqlain also said that he considers England, Australia and South Africa as strong contenders.
“When you come to be world champion, you don’t look at the opponent, you focus on your game. England is a strong contender, Australia plays hard cricket. South Africa too. I believe the commitment, attitude and process is in your hands, not the result. You should be able to put your plans into action, no matter who you are playing against. If India makes it to the final, ICC will be happy, fans will be happy. India will take on New Zealand in their second match of the Super 12 stage on Sunday.