Srinagar: The captain of Number one ranked ICC ODi side England , Eoin Morgan feels that Pakistan is strong favorites to lift the upcoming World Cup 2019 in England.
In a report carried by ICC official website Eoin Morgan feels Pakistan are one of the strongest contenders for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 that starts on 30 May.
England, ranked No.1 on the ICC ODI Team rankings, have been widely touted as favourites for the mega-event. They will be facing Pakistan in a one-off T20I on May 5 followed by five ODIs.
On contrary Pakistan were recently clean-swept 5-0 by Australia in the United Arab Emirates, and questions were raised over the team’s preparedness for the upcoming World Cup.
However, Morgan feels that Pakistan are the ‘second or third favourites’ for the tournament.
“The Pakistan series] is a nice way to ease into the summer and get some really good, competitive cricket going,,” said Morgan.
Adding he said, “Pakistan are probably second or third favorites for the tournament”.
Giving his reason to term them favorites, he said, “They hold the Champions Trophy – playing extremely well to win that, in England – so it’s a series we’re all looking forward to”.
England have undergone major reform since the previous World Cup in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, where they had suffered a humbling first round exit. Since then, they’ve dominated the fifty-over format, particularly at home.
“Over the four years we’ve been together, we have had so many guys who have contributed to the position we find ourselves,” Morgan reflected.