Pak favourites to win T20 World Cup : Asif

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Islamabad, Apr.17 (ANI): Controversial Pakistan fast bowler Mohammed Asif believes that his team would successfully defend their ICC World T20 Championship title during the tournament starting on April 30 in the West Indies.

"We will win the World Cup," was Asif's response when he was asked about Pakistan's chances in the upcoming T20 spectacle.

"I only know that Pakistan are favourites and we will win the World Cup," he added.

Though the lanky right-arm pacer has been in news for all wrong reasons in the recent past, he said he would focus on his cricket career and would try to stay away from any more controversies.

Asif said he is also eagerly looking forward to Pakistan's 'home' series in England this summer, which he wants to use as a platform to cement his place in the national squad.

"I'm looking forward to the summer in England where we play a lot of cricket this year against the hosts and Australia. I've been pleased with my comeback in New Zealand and Australia and want to build on those series," PakPassion.net quoted Asif, as saying.

"This is an important phase of my career and I want to establish myself as a key component within the Pakistan team in all versions of the game," he added.

Asif was banned from international cricket for one year after failing a dope test. His career had plummeted after he failed a dope test during the Indian Premier League's (IPL) inaugural season in 2008.

He was also detained at the Dubai airport for 19 days for carrying an illegal substance (opium) while returning from India the same year.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had also slapped a fine of one million rupees on Asif for his Dubai 'misadventure'. (ANI)

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