Sarfraz says Pakistan have 'nothing to lose' in Champions Trophy
- Author: Julie Sanders May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 9:53
India captain Virat Kohli insisted Thursday he had no qualms about being in England for the upcoming Champions Trophy tournament following the deadly Manchester terror attack. "So that's why I told the players just play your natural game". That's very reassuring. I'm sure the whole squad feels that way and I'm not at all nervous about being in England - and I'm excited to play the tournament.
Mashrafe Mortaza added that he is convinced that Bangladesh can take its form of the past two years on to one of the sport's grandest stages as it gears up for its first ICC Champions Trophy since 2006.
Such is the anticipation for the rare clash - the two sides last met at the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide - that it was no surprise to hear Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, fielding questions about that fixture which is more than a week away, and not about their immediate warm-up game against Bangladesh. I think in this tournament, it is not going to be easy, so we have to concentrate on our own game.
He maintained that Pakistan, ranked lowest of the eight teams that qualified, had a chance to win the tournament for the first time.
"There's perhaps a feeling that it's about time to win a one-day tournament, which would be very nice, and they have been going well in the T20 competition as well. We are very hopeful of winning this tournament, and there can be no better way to start than by beating India", he added. Keep reading to see just how easy it is to get an ICC Champions Trophy live stream! Thrice they have made the semi-finals only to be eliminated - twice by New Zealand and once by the West Indies.
The Tigers will play their second and final warm-up match against India on May 30 at the Kennington Oval, where they will also play their first group match against England on June 1.
Bangladesh had a good tri-series in Ireland where most of the batsmen got runs and the bowlers did decent job, but ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was off-colour with the bat and he may take the chance in the warm-up game to get back among runs.
But Pakistan, under coach Mickey Arthur, have prepared as well as they possibly can, according to their captain.
The Green Shirts conducted practice session at Edgbaston Cricket Ground where batting and bowling combinations were tested.