ODI World Cup 2023: “We are great hosts, never fall short of extending hospitality to anyone” – Irfan Pathan on Pakistan’s reservations to play in Ahmedabad

ODI World Cup 2023: "We are great hosts, never fall short of extending hospitality to anyone" - Irfan Pathan on Pakistan's reservations to play in Ahmedabad
ODI World Cup 2023: "We are great hosts, never fall short of extending hospitality to anyone" - Irfan Pathan on Pakistan's reservations to play in Ahmedabad

ODI World Cup 2023: “We are great hosts, never fall short of extending hospitality to anyone” – Irfan Pathan on Pakistan’s reservations to play in Ahmedabad

ODI World Cup 2023: Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan said on Monday said that India is a great host and never falls short in extending their hospitality to everyone.

Irfan’s remarks come amid Pakistan’s reservations to play at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during the ICC Cricket World Cup on October 15. He is currently in Zimbabwe to take part in Zim Afro T10, a ten-over-per-side cricket tournament. “Our country is a great host. Wherever you go, no matter who you are, we never fall short of providing great hospitality to everyone,” said Pathan to ANI.

Talking about the India-Pakistan rivalry, Pathan said that it is an exciting time for fans since they will get them play against each other in both the Asia Cup and the World Cup this year.

“Shall I get on to the field? (to play against Pakistan) (laughs). To be very honest where ever India and Pakistan play it is exciting. They are playing in Asia Cup and then in World Cup. It is an exciting time for fans. The whole world will see. People talk about Ashes but there is nothing bigger than an India versus Pakistan contest. The non-Indian and non-Pakistani fans also see this match. So, everyone wants to see this match with a lot of enthusiasm and intensity and from that perspective I am really looking forward to it,” said the all-rounder.

Talking about who would be India’s most crucial player in the World Cup, Pathan said that it would depend on players returning from injuries.

“It depends on how players make a return after injury, players like Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. I think the team’s batting is mostly dependent on Virat Kohli,” said Pathan.

ODI World Cup 2023: “We are great hosts” – Irfan Pathan

On the T10 cricket format, which is pretty new in cricket and has been tried in leagues, Pathan said that it is very fast and proper decisions about playing or resting a player has to be made quickly since one does not have time.

“It is a very fast format. Players just do not have time. You need to identify the right player, to whom to give the ball, pick the right player, who will be given more chances, who will be rested. You have to decide fast but yes it is a very exciting format. It is tough and challenging to play against these youngsters as we have retired and gone old,” said the all-rounder.

About his team Harare Hurricanes, which is led by England’s World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan, Pathan said, “The atmosphere of my team is great. Our captain Eoin Morgan is good and he is a World Cup-winning captain. He knows how to handle a side and how to respect the seniors in the team in order to get the best out of them. We do not try not to complicate things. There is no room for any complications because it is such a short format.”

“We also came just two to three days before the start of the league. In fact, some players came here the day tournament started. So, you do not know what kind of form the players are in. So, it is challenging to get the output from them. But our support staff is very good. All of them have created a great atmosphere. Rest winning and losing is a part of the game. We lost the first game but came back to win the next two. We hope to carry the momentum forward,” concluded Pathan.

The inaugural Zim Afro T10 started on July 20 and will end on July 29.

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