Oman’s Captain Confident Ahead of T20 World Cup Clash Against Australia

Oman vs Australia T20 World Cup 2024

Oman’s captain, Aqib Ilyas, has expressed confidence that his team can challenge Australia in their upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 match at Kensington Oval, Barbados.

Set for Wednesday, June 5, this game marks the first international cricket meeting between Oman and Australia.

Speaking to reporters, Ilyas highlighted his belief that Oman can exploit Australia’s weaknesses. “You see the last match, how the ball was turning and staying low,” Aqib said.

Ilyas noted that the current Australian squad lacks players with strong techniques, unlike the past stars like Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. “(Australia) used to have a few players with good techniques in the past like Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, but I don’t think they have many now. They look to hit big. They only try to go for sixes. If we get the same wicket (as the one against Namibia), maybe it could be a problem for them,” he added.

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While acknowledging Australia as a tough opponent, Ilyas emphasized the importance of remaining composed. “We don’t have much to lose. Every time there is a World Cup, there is an upset … anything can happen. We respect (Australia) a lot as a team … but before the game, it’s important to not get overawed by them. Once you step into the field, there is no big name, there is no one bigger than you at the field. It’s another game for us and we don’t think that we are going to play someone extraordinary,” he concluded.

Oman’s tournament opener against Namibia on June 3 at Kensington Oval Barbados ended dramatically with a super over. Their upcoming match against Australia will be held at the same venue. Following this, Oman will face Scotland on June 9 and England on June 13, as they continue their campaign in Group B.

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