The excitement, anticipation, and build-up to the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup is slowly gripping among fans and critics. The global event is set to be staged in Oman and the UAE from October 17. The experts have already begun to make their predictions and team combinations of the several top contenders for the T20 World Cup. Former South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs put forth his suggestion and named Pakistan as one of the contenders for the marquee event.
Gibbs also backed India and England as strong teams to perform well in the T20 World Cup. Apart from that, he also feels the conditions in the UAE will have a major say and the pitches will be slow and sluggish. West Indies are the defending champions of the T20 World Cup, but the former South African opener feels the Caribbean team will not have much of an impact in the T20 World Cup, owing to their batters struggling against spin.
“Definitely [I would say] England, Pakistan, and India. You never know, Sri Lanka could be in with a shot or maybe even Bangladesh. I think definitely, for now, Pakistan, India, and England for now. It also depends on what the conditions are going to be like. The unpredictability of Pakistan is always in the mix. Obviously, India and England [are strong sides]. A lot depends on the wickets. If it is going to turn a little, I don’t think the West Indies are going to be as dangerous because they like the ball coming onto the bat. They like wickets that don’t turn. If there is spin, it doesn’t always suit the West Indies.” Gibbs said as reported by Cricket Pakistan.
Gibbs also revealed his top picks in the list of best batters and went with Babar Azam, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, and Jos Buttler. The 47-year-old stated these four are special players owing to their consistency while scoring runs.