Jimmy Neesham is taking a diverse approach in his quest for selection as the 2019 edition appears. In 2015, Neesham was a surprise slip from the squad but his treasures look rosier this time, mainly thanks to a transformed mentality. Evoked for last month’s series against Sri Lanka after 18 months away from international cricket, the all-rounder is pushing less burden on himself to perform.
Additionally, he believes his practices from four years ago have him in a much restored place.
“I’ve done it before — it’s a bit like Groundhog Day from four years ago with that World Cup race, and I think having that experience of desperately wanting to make a team for a big tournament and missing out, it puts me in good stead this time around,” said Neesham.
“I’ve probably been putting less pressure on myself to succeed. I remember four years ago, we had a one-day series in the UAE and it felt that every game was make or break as far as the World Cup spot went, and I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed every innings.
“I know coming into this tournament, it’s about accepting what comes. If the runs and wickets come, they do, if they don’t, so be it.
“I know what not to do and what not to focus on. For me, my attitude for the whole season has been ‘I won’t make it’, so what’s the point of stressing about it? I’m not going to change that mindset, it’s obviously been working so far.”
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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that Pakistan have a ‘very good chance’ to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which is set to be contested in England and Wales from May 30.
Shoaib Malik trusts his team has a very good chance of winning the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales. Although, the veteran said it will only be possible if his side accomplishes well against the rest of the world. Pakistan lifted last World Cup in the One-Day International format came in the year 1992 but Shoaib Malik feels his side has the capability to win this Cricket World Cup.
However, Malik cleared it out that this achievement will only be possible if they perform well against the rest of the world in the mega event. Malik further stated that the current Pakistan squad has all the ability to win the World Cup, but added that abilities don’t win anyone matches.
He said that the Pakistan squad have top ODI bowlers and batsmen, and he is looking forward to an unforgettable World Cup 2019. Pakistan’s last lifted the World Cup in 1992 under the direction of present Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“I feel we have a very good chance to win the tournament. But then having a ‘good chance’ doesn’t mean much. How we play each game and how we perform against the rest of the world will define how far we go. Yes, we have the ability to win the World Cup hands-down, but abilities don’t win you anything, performances do. Our capabilities include having top ODI bowlers and batsmen in our line-up and personally I’m looking forward to a memorable World Cup 2019,” Malik said.
Pakistan is set to play their first World Cup 2019 match in contradiction of West Indies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying their level best to impact Australia to play two matches in Pakistan ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Australia are listed to play a five-match ODI series in contradiction of Pakistan in the UAE next year March before the Cricket World Cup. The Australians have stated interest to push the series as close to the World Cup as probable. The PCB chairman Ehsan Mani is in dialogs to persuade Australia to play two of the five matches in Pakistan.
“Once anyone comes to Pakistan and views the situation by himself, it will not be hard to convince him that international cricket can return to Pakistan properly. But it is not easy trying to change the perception of people who have not been to Pakistan in recent times,” he said.
Since then no touring side has visited a full series counting Tests in Pakistan and between September 2017 to April 2018, PCB was able to influence teams to come and play short T20I sequence together with an ICC World XI, Sri Lanka and West Indies, which pass on without any glitches.
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