Sarfraz opens up about Pakistan’s fortunes in Asia Cup

Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed opens up about his team’s fortunes and preparations in the upcoming Asia Cup and he believes momentum will be the key factor during the tournament.

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The 14th edition of Asia Cup is around the corner now with four days to go for the opening encounter between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Pakistan will begin their campaign in the very next day against Hong Kong who have came from Asia Cup Qualifiers. Their next match will be against their arch rivals India on September 19th.

After their week long training camp in Lahore, Pakistan will march to United Arab Emirates for the tournament. At the end of their training camp in Lahore, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed addressed the media about their fortunes and preparations in the Asia Cup. The wicket keeper batsman believes momentum will be a key factor in their campaign.

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 “Momentum is very important. During the Champions Trophy, we carried forward the momentum which we had gotten against South Africa and Sri Lanka. We will try to do the same here… We will try to gain momentum in our first match [against Hong Kong] and go into the contest against India with full preparation.”

As mentioned earlier Pakistan will meet their arch rivals India on September 19th. In the previous encounter between these two teams, Pakistan had won the match by 180 runs that too in the final of ICC Champions trophy 2017. But Pakistan’s skipper don’t want to think about the past as it was finished one.

“Every match against India is important. That match [Champions Trophy final] is in the past. It was almost one and a half years ago. So, I don’t think we should consider it that much. If we play India in the final, then we will be playing them thrice. All professional teams put the past behind and look forward. Both teams will do the same.”

Coming to the tournament, Pakistan will have a home advantage as they are using United Arab Emirates for their home matches. Sarfraz feels this will add some advantage to them in the Asia Cup.

“The weather is hot, so it becomes difficult to bat in humid conditions under lights as the fast-bowlers get to swing the ball in humidity,” the 31-year-old said. “We will try to access the conditions. We have two-three sessions under lights. Of course, every side will look to bat first and put runs on the board due to the hot weather.
“Pitches are on the slower side in the UAE, so spinners will have a role to play. Our batsmen and bowlers are in top form. We will look to score more than 300 if we bat first because we possess a bowling unit that can defend that total. We are not focusing on one area, we will focus on all three aspects of the game and try to put a good show.”

 

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