Karachi: Former Pakistan batsman and present U-19 head coach Ejaz Ahmed feels that his facet can beat defending champions and arch-rivals India within the forthcoming ICC Youth World Cup starting in South Africa on January 17.
“India has an excellent cricket system and it’s organized however I do know that we have now extra ardour than them once we play towards one another and that’s how we additionally beat them within the semi-finals of the current Asian Rising Nations Cup,” Ejaz mentioned.
Ejaz, who has performed 60 Take a look at and 250 ODIs, was head coach of the Pakistan Rising facet which beat India earlier than ultimately successful the title in Bangladesh final yr.
“Even previously, we beat India due to our higher ardour and this time additionally I do know the fervour of our gamers will prevail over them though they’ve a really robust outfit,” he added.
Pakistan have received the U-19 World Cup twice previously.
The 51-year-old Ejaz, nevertheless, mentioned on the finish of the day it will be all about how a staff performs on that specific day.
“It’s the similar within the World Cup it doesn’t matter which staff is primary or defending champions what is going to matter is how a staff performs on a given day. I personally really feel our staff is effectively balanced,” he mentioned.
Ejaz didn’t consider that India would get benefit of getting performed a four-nation match with South Africa, New Zealand and Zimbabwe in South Africa earlier than the World Cup.
“Our gamers have additionally educated onerous in Lahore and we have now performed round 11 matches. We can even attain South Africa 9 days earlier than the World Cup and we have now some observe video games and I believe our preparations are additionally excellent for the match,” he mentioned.
The previous batsman additionally mentioned the absence of quick bowler Naseem Shah won’t influence a lot on the staff’s efficiency. Naseem was withdrawn from the Pakistan U-19 squad after he performed for the senior staff in three Take a look at matches towards Australia and Sri Lanka.
“Look there was no controversy in any respect. The way in which we now see issues is you can’t anticipate a MBA to go and take BA exams. That’s how we take a look at Naseem Shah, he has made the grade for Pakistan and now he must be performing for the senior staff,” mentioned the pinnacle coach.
“We’ve a few thrilling younger expertise within the ranks. I anticipate Rohail and Haider to play for the senior staff in two to 3 yr’s time, they’re that good.”