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Any team can win the Asia Cup: Pakistan bowling coach Mohammad Akram

Pakistan’s bowling coach Mohammad Akram has said that the upcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh will be a tough assignment for all teams and not just arch-rivals India but minnows Afghanistan too can pose serious threats on batsman-friendly conditions.

Akram, a former Test pacer who has been given a new two-year contract by the Pakistan Cricket Board, said it was not just about India in the Asia Cup.

“I think overall it will be a tough tournament for all teams because in conditions which favour the batsmen even Afghanistan can be a threat,” Akram told at the Gaddafi stadium.

“Even Afghanistan can’t be taken lightly in the Asia Cup and it is a competition that any team can win,” he pointed out.

“All the teams are tough customers in tough conditions but obviously the India match will be important. But the way our bowlers have been bowling in recent times I am confident we can do well.”

Asked to comment on India’s strong batting line-up, Akram said Pakistan possesses a formidable bowling attack to tame the willow-wielders of the neighbouring country.

“I will give you an interesting fact that in the 2200 overs we have bowled in Test and ODIs in last one and half year, our bowlers have just sent down four no-balls,” he said.

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