Wasim Akram names top four contenders for T20 World Cup 2021

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The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic temporarily put a halt to the 14th edition of the cash-rich Premier League. As per the resources, the BCCI is planning to host the remainder of 31 fixtures in the September-October window in the United Arab Emirates.

More than that, there is one important event that will be held this year in India and that is the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The marquee event which will be staged in India will see competitive teams in cricketing action as they will look to compete amongst themselves to come out on top.

However, with the coronavirus surge in India, the BCCI will not take any risk in hosting the World Cup in India. There are possibilities that the showpiece event may be held in the UAE. Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram was the first to initiate a discussion over the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

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West Indies are the most successful side in the tournament as they won 2 titles. On the other hand, India, Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka have won one title apiece so far. Australia might be the most successful team in ODI World Cup history with 5 titles but they are yet to win a title in the shortest format.

Wasim Akram picks the top four contenders

The former fast bowler was asked to pick the top four contenders for the showpiece event. While speaking to ARY News, Akram picked India, England, New Zealand and West Indies as top teams that have a good shot at winning the title. However, he named India as favourites. 

“I suppose, between the main teams, India appear favourites. They play the fearless brand of T20 cricket. England is also at the top of the ladder. I think New Zealand too. And you never know about the West Indies. If their main players are in, they have a tendency to scare,” Akram said on ARY news.

When asked about his country’s chances in the tournament, the former World Cup player said: “Pakistan need to work on their team combination. Obviously, being a Pakistani, I would want Pakistan to win the World Cup. 

That will be a dream come true for all of us, especially the young captain, and if they need to improve their combination, find the best XI, they can fight. The problem of No. 5 and No. 6 needs to be solved,” the veteran cited.