Pakistan’s veteran allrounder Shoaib Mallik has scored 7296 runs in 275 ODIs at 35.24. @ PTI

Experienced Pakistan allrounder Shoaib Mallik believes his side stand a “good chance” to win the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. After a disastrous Test series which South Africa clinched 3-0, Pakistan bounced back to win the first of the five-match ODI series by five wickets at Port Elizabeth on Saturday. (ALSO READ: PCB to initiate enquiry over Pakistan’s poor form in Tests)

“I feel we have a very good chance to win the tournament. But then having a ‘good chance’ doesn’t mean much. How we play each game and how we perform against the rest of the world will define how far we go,” Mallik told Sky Sports.

“Yes, we have the ability to win the World Cup hands-down, but abilities don’t win you anything, performances do. Our capabilities include having top ODI bowlers and batsmen in our line-up and personally I’m looking forward to a memorable World Cup 2019.” (ALSO READ: Cricket is not the most important thing in my life: Virat Kohli)

The 36-year-old, who has scored 7296 runs in 275 ODIs at 35.24, heaped praise on Babar Azam. Mallik said Azam has all the makings of a world-class batsman.

“Simply put, it’s his hard work. He has everything in him that is required to be a world-class batsman. He has all the shots, puts a very high price on his wicket, has no fear of any ball or of any bowler, works very hard off the field, continuously works on his mental strength along with skills and training and is motivated to achieve more,” he said.

“An important aspect of his personality is that he does not get satisfied quickly. Everyone out there wants to be the best batsman in the world but wanting something and working for it like you’re obsessed with it are two different things. Babar has made these goals into one.” (ALSO READ: We’ve to identify and back a select group of players for World Cup: Shoaib Malik)

Mallik, who has already retired from Tests, still has no plans to put a full stop in the limited overs format.

“My decision to retire is not necessarily connected to my fitness levels, though that is one of the inputs that I will take into account,” he said.

“The main point is that I want to be valuable to my country till the last game I play. I also need to catch up with my work-life balance and spend time with my family. At this time, I have no plans to change my mind, but as we all know 2020 is also a big year for my favourite format, T20 when we will have another World T20 – so you just never know!”