Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Wednesday said his men would utilise their experience of playing in the UAE against India at the Asia Cup in September.
Meanwhile, it would be the first Pakistan-India ODI since last year’s ICC Champions Trophy final. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to clinch their maiden title in style.
Sarfraz Ahmed talking about the upcoming tournament noted they would use their experience of playing in UAE. However, he didn’t forget to admit that Virat Kohli-led Indian side is a strong team.
“Our team has relatively more experience of playing under UAE conditions and therefore we will try to take advantage of this experience in our Asia Cup match against India. On the other hand, Virat Kohli-XI is a stronger outfit considering overall experience,” Sarfraz said.
However, the wicket-keeper batsman ignored when asked about the problematic relation between India and Pakistan.
Primary focus on physical fitness: Sarfraz Ahmed
Pakistan will face India in their Asia Cup group ‘A’ match on September 19 in Dubai. While Sarfraz & Co will be playing that game after two-day rest, India will be facing their arch-rivals without any gap.
Moreover, they will play their opening match against a qualifier on September 18.
“Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan will also be good competitors at the Asia Cup as they are doing well at the international level,” noted Sarfraz Ahmed.
“Currently, our primary focus is on the players’ physical fitness and in this regard, a training camp [for the Asia Cup] is also being held from September 3,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan will face New Zealand and Australia after the Asia Cup in the UAE. Sarfraz Ahmed wants to put up a good show against two world-class teams in this format.
In conclusion, Sarfraz hoped that prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan would not close departmental cricket in Pakistan.