Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is all set to perform well against India in the ICC Champions Trophy. Ahmed said that his team will attempt to maintain its superior record of 2-1. In ICC World Cup and T20, Pakistan has an upbeat record against India in the tournament – winning two and losing one of their earlier tournaments.
At his pre-tournament press conference, skipper Ahmed said “We have a better record against Indian in the Champions Trophy, not in other competitions. We are looking to maintain that against them and it’s very exciting.”
Talking about the upcoming game of the Champions Trophy, Ahmed said that his side will take its preparations one day, and one game, at a time.
“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.”
Ahmed said about the team mistakes against 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.”
Talking about to play a free match in the tournament, he said “We don’t see us a having a surprise element, we want to come here to 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.”
Ahmed said about the earlier performance of Bangladesh ranking sixth higher than Pakistan in the Champions Trophy. “Over the past one-and-a-half years, Bangladesh has performed very well.”
“The warm-up game is a good opportunity for both teams before the Champions Trophy. Both teams want to win so it’s a good practice match to have. Over the past few years, they’ve done well and we’ll see its batsmen, like Tamim Iqbal, if we play in the semi-finals.”
Talking about his positive record after captaincy, winning three out of four matches, he said “This is my first major tournament as captain; I’m definitely very hopeful and excited about the competition. My aim is to play my own game, to not play under pressure and to just play as I do in domestic cricket.”