Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The much awaited T20 World Cup 2024 will start on Sunday with co-hosts USA taking on Canada in Dallas. India will face Ireland in their first match of the mega event in New York on June 5. 

The Men in Blue will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in their next match on June 9. Meanwhile, several experts and former players have already started making predictions for the high-voltage clash.

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal is no different and he reckons that India will come out on top this time around as well. "Definitely India!" said Akmal in reply to a fan, who had asked him for his prediction for the fixture.

"Over the past few days, I have wondered why a former England captain is commenting and taking Pakistan cricket non-seriously. It has been a painful thought, but I think he was correct in his assessment," Akmal said on his official YouTube channel.

"Everybody knows the level of Pakistan cricket. We are losing against smaller teams like Ireland and in that sense Vaughan said that it is not a tough series. So the fault is ours. Had it been any other team like New Zealand, South Africa and India then Vaughan would not have said it," he further said. 

"We need to understand that in IPL, the best bowlers and batters are participating with crowds of 40,000 to 50,000. So it is tough cricket and quality cricket," he added.

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