Former India captain believes that the upcoming mega event will be a ‘keenly contested’ one
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has named Pakistan among the semi-finalists for the upcoming 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in England and Wales.
According to Press Trust of India, Ganguly, who led India to the final of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, picked India, England, Australia and Pakistan as his picks for the final four slots of the mega event.
“My pick for the four semifinalists spot would be India, Australia, England and Pakistan,” Ganguly said. “India are one of the title-contenders of course.”
He further stated: “It’s going to be one of the most keenly contested World Cups. Indian team is so strong that in any tournament they will be favourites.”
The 2019 World Cup will see all ten teams competing against each other in a round-robin format, with the top four qualifying for the final.
“This World Cup will probably have the best format. The best four teams will reach the semi-finals playing all the teams. There are no easy teams,” the 46-year-old said while talking about the format of the tournament.
The tournament will kick start on May 30 with the match between England and South Africa, at The Oval in London. The final of the event will be played on July 14, at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground.