Any one can win T20 World Cup: Imran Khan

Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 16:28 [IST]
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'Any team can win T20 World Cup'

Karachi: Pakistan's World Cup winning captain Imran Khan hates Twenty20 cricket and believes that anyone can win the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in England.

"I don't watch Twenty20 cricket because it is just Toolah (chance) cricket. It is not about skills or talent. That is why I think any team can win the World Cup," Imran told reporters at the Karachi Press Club.

The T20 World Cup is scheduled to begin on June 5th at England. Imran, who heads his Tehreek-e-Insaaf party Pakistan said that India may have a role in the isolation of Pakistan in international cricket.

"Look, after the Mumbai terror attacks I have heard that India also did not want Sri Lanka to tour Pakistan. So you can't rule out this possibility," Imran said when asked if he agreed that the Indians were trying to isolate Pakistan in world cricket.

He blasted at the Pakistan Cricket Board officials for not doing enough homework while going to the International Cricket Council meeting at which the members decided to move the 2011 World Cup matches from Pakistan because of security reasons.

"There is no doubt that the ICC decision is flawed and not just. But I think our officials should have also gone to the meeting well-prepared specially after the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore," he said.

"I don't think the ICC attitude is right. You can't just deprive a country of hosting World Cup matches like this. But at the same time I think our board should have taken the other Asian boards into confidence," Imran Khan said.

Imran said immediately after the attack on the Sri Lankan team the PCB should have garnered the support of other Asian boards who are also hosting the World Cup matches.


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