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Pakistan will struggle in World Cup, says Sohail

Former captain Aamir Sohail on Saturday predicted that Pakistan will have tough times in the cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand early next year as the team does not have quality back-up players.

‘Pakistan team is not playing well. We don’t have back up players and that’s why you see those players making comebacks often and that too without much effort,’ Sohail said at an event here.

Sohail, who was involved in a famous verbal duel with Venkatesh Prasad during 1996 World Cup quarterfinal in Bangalore, found a soft spot in India’s star studded batting line-up.

‘India need someone to carry the innings after a few wickets fall. Someone should bat for 15 or so overs. India is full of stroke players, but somebody needs to bat through.

Maybe Rohit Sharma is the person,’ he said at ‘Salaam Cricket’ conclave organised by India Today Group.

Sohail, a member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning side, said bowling will be a matter of concern for India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as bowlers often tend to be carried away by the pace and bounce on the Australian pitches.

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