Tanvir wants India-Pakistan final in T20 World Cup
New Delhi: Pakistani paceman Sohail Tanvir says India and Pakistan are the most balanced sides in the world and he would like to see the arch-rival competing in the title clash of the Twenty20 World Cup yet again.
Indian had won the inaugural tournament in 2007 by defeating Pakistan, who won the second edition last year by humbling Sri Lanka.
"India and Pakistan will be top contenders as India have the most balanced side whereas Pakistan have specialist T20 cricketers. I wish India and Pakistan play the final again," Tanvir, who is not part of the Pakistan team due to a knee injury, said.
The Pakistani paceman, who rose to prominence after his brilliant performance in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League, said IPL has played an important part in improving India`s bench strength.
"They have options for every place which is visible in their performance level. IPL should be given credit for that. Local Indian players were most benefited from the league. They have got the best platform to get prepared for international cricket," said the 26 year-old pacer.
Tanvir, who was part of the Rajasthan Royals in 2008, praised under-fire IPL commissioner Lalit Modi for the success of the T20 tournament but did not comment on the ongoing controversy.
"There is no doubt that Modi is instrumental in making IPL a huge success and what it is today. IPL is his baby and no doubt he has done a lot for it. But as far as the recent controversy is concerned, I am not aware of it.”
"IPL is a revolution for Indian Cricket. Money is not the only factor but here you get a chance to play against the best cricketers," Tanvir, who was in India to attend Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik`s high profile wedding, said.
Modi is facing an Income Tax Department probe for alleged financial irregularities and there is intense speculation that he would be either axed or asked to put in his papers in the IPL Governing Council meeting on April 26.
Earlier, Pakistan`s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi had come out in defense of IPL chairman, saying if Modi goes the event will feel his loss because he has played a big part in conceiving it and launching it.
Tanvir expressed hope of playing in the future editions of the IPL.
"Naturally it`s good to be a part of such a big league. I am emotionally attached to it as my career got a major boost after my performance in IPL`s first season. I would love to play for Rajasthan Royals once again. I still feel attached to Shane Warne-led side," he said.
Tanvir had emerged as the most successful bowler by taking 22 wickets in the inaugural edition.