Moeen Ali on T20 World Cup: India, England not the only top teams, unfair to write off Pakistan, New Zealand

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England cricketer Moeen Ali believes that it is unfair to write off teams such as Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia as the top contenders of the T20 World Cup this year in India. 

Moeen Ali warmed the bench throughout the 5-match T20I series against India. (Reuters Photo)

Moeen Ali warmed the bench throughout the 5-match T20I series against India. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • According to Moeen Ali, no team can be written off as contenders to win the T20 World Cup
  • England recently lost 3-2 to India in the five-match T20I series held in March
  • There was some very high-quality cricket out there from both sides: Moeen on India vs England

England recently lost 3-2 to India in the five-match T20I series held last month. The two teams fought hard to set up a series decider which the hosts won.

While India and England maybe the best white-ball teams at the moment, according to veteran all-rounder Moeen Ali, no team can be written off as contenders to win the T20 World Cup that is scheduled to be held later this year in India.

“It would be wrong to assume that the Twenty20 World Cup will be a battle between India and England. You can’t write off teams like Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia. The Twenty20 format is such that anyone can beat any opponent and teams like Bangladesh are also dangerous. We are a strong team but it’s important that we nail our skills, and the results will then take care of themselves. If we play to the standard that we can, we feel we can beat anybody.” said Moeen Ali during an interview with PakPassion.net.

While England might have lost the T20I series in India, according to Moeen Ali, there are a lot of positive takeaways from the contest. The ICC event will be held in the October-November window this year.

”There was some very high-quality cricket out there from both sides. We learnt a lot as a team, and this will be invaluable when we come back to play the Twenty20 World Cup. The Twenty20 series was huge as both sides will have learnt a lot about each other’s strengths and weaknesses. India has some brilliant players so they rotated their squad and we made good use of the experience of playing out there. All said and done, it was brilliant preparation for both squads.” he added.

Moeen Ali will be representing CSK in IPL 2021 after he was bought for a whopping Rs 7 crore at the auction in February. This is Moeen's second IPL franchise after Royal Challengers Bangalore, with whom he played for 3 seasons since 2018. Moeen has played 19 IPL matches so far, scoring 309 runs and picked 10 wickets.