New Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will face his biggest challenge when he leads them in the Champion’s Trophy, a campaign that starts with a highly-charged clash against India.
After barely qualifying for the tournament, Pakistan will need to overcome serious batting deficiencies if they are to be competitive following their struggles in ODIs off late.
Pakistan’s tournament in England starts with the toughest of games against arch-rivals India, the defending champions, in Birmingham on June 4. Pakistan squeezed into the eight-team tournament courtesy of their clean-sweep against minnows Zimbabwe in May 2015, while also profiting from England’s whitewashing of the West Indies.
But the animated Sarfraz, who was often spotted screaming instructions at his fielders during the West Indies series, warned that Pakistan cannot be counted out.
“It’s true we are (ranked) number eight but we are capable of giving a tough time to our opponents,” Sarfraz said. “We will overcome our weaknesses during our preparations in a camp in Birmingham and will be noticed for our fight.” For Sarfraz, Pakistan’s opener against India will set the tone for the rest of their tournament.
Now Dr Swamy has Strongly Reacted to it and said in his tweet
Has BCCI gone mad? Or since Srinivasan left has D company taken over again. No playing Cricket with Pak
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 29, 2017
India Pakistan Match is Schdeuled on June 4th