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Mar 12, 2014 at 10:21am IST

Wasim Akram tips Pakistan amongst favourites in World Twenty20

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain and legendary paceman Wasim Akram Tuesday tipped Pakistan as one of top three favourites to win the World Twenty20 starting in Bangladesh next week.

The fifth edition of the World Twenty20 with 16 teams in competition will be held in from March 16 to April 6. "For me Pakistan, India and the West Indies are top three favourites as they play this format well and have enough experience at their disposal," Wasim said during a reception here.

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India won the inaugural World Twenty20 held in South Africa in 2007 while Pakistan won the second edition held in England two years later. The West Indies will defend the title they won in Sri Lanka in 2012.

Wasim Akram tips Pakistan amongst favourites in World Twenty20

File photo of former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram. (Getty Images)

Hosts Bangladesh and Zimbabwe along with six qualifiers will open the first round of the fifth edition of the World Twenty20.

The top two teams from the first round will join the eight seeded teams in the second round which kicks off with a much-awaited India-Pakistan clash in Dhaka on March 21.

Wasim said an Indo-Pak match will be an ideal kick off to the main round. "What else do you want as an opening match," said Wasim, who will be commentating on the event.

"Whenever Pakistan and India play, millions watch the game and there are no favourites in that match." Wasim said Pakistan must enter the event with a positive frame of mind.

"Pakistan had a very balanced squad and all they need to do is to enter the event with a positive frame of mind," said Wasim.

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