Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is confident of making the most of the coming tournament in nothing to lose and he said that his team will try to maintain its superior record of 2-1 in the ICC Champions Trophy to begin from June 1 in England and Wales.
The match against India is on June 4 in Edgbaston and the Champions Trophy is the only ICC event where Pakistan have a better win-loss record.
Sarfraz Ahmed said “We have a better record against India in the Champions Trophy, not in other competitions. We are looking to maintain that against them and it’s very exciting,” he said at his pre-tournament press conference. “We have nothing to lose, we just want to play our natural game. We have just played a very good series in the West Indies, where the players performed very well. “We are very hopeful of playing well in this tournament and we want to win it. It is a very exciting time for us, there have been a lot of practice sessions at Edgbaston and we are ready to play.
He said the team has rectified the mistakes it made in the West Indies. Against the West Indies, we had a big fielding improvement, there were one or two dropped catches but it was an improvement so we are happy with that.We don’t see us as having a surprise element, we want to come here and play free cricket, starting against India. We are taking matches one by one and the Pakistan team is hopeful of building some confidence starting in the warm-up matches.”
Pakistan Squad in Champions Trophy :
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Shadab Khan