India will take on Pakistan in their campaign opener of the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE. The two arch-rivals will clash on October 24 in Dubai. Former Aussie player Brad Hogg said Pakistan will find it tough to qualify for the semis if they lose to India in their World Cup opener.
Hogg stated that India will easily sail through if they beat Pakistan while the Babar Azam-led team who face New Zealand in the second match, will find it hard to bounce back.
“If Pakistan get beaten by India in the first game, they’ve got a short turnaround to play New Zealand. I think that will be a huge factor in whether Pakistan go through or not. If Pakistan lose against India in the first game, I don’t think they will get through, India will get through. So watch that space,” Hogg said in an interaction with Deep Dasgupta on his YouTube channel.
However, he kept both the arch-rivals in his list of four semi-finalists. “The teams that I think are going to go to the semis are England and the West Indies from Group 1 and from Group 2 I think it’s going to be Pakistan and India,” he added.