We are completely calm ahead of India match, says Pakistan coach Arthur

Ruben Hill
June 4, 2017

Both Virat Kohli and Sarfraz Ahmed have stated that they would like to treat this high octane match as just another game of cricket but when it come to India-Pakistan clash, we all know it's not just any "other game". And this time, leg-spinner Shadab Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf are new kids on the block.

The cricketing rivalry between the two nations has always been exciting to watch and no matter in what form the other team is, an India-Pakistan cricket match is always a special one.

Kohli said differences of opinion were part and parcel of the game. "The Champions Trophy is a great tournament; the best teams from around the world participate in it. He reminds us of our pacers of yore who had mastered the skill of bowling the flawless yorker, especially during the 90s", added Afridi. There was a time when Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq, Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf used to play in the same team! "They've always been a team that can surprise any team on the day, " he added.

He said that all the players performed well in warmup matches and it is very tough for him to choose the playing XI.

So, it will either be two spinners and two fast bowlers or three pacers with Ashwin then the most likely slow bowler to sit out.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur insisted his side were "completely calm" ahead of the opener. What do you say about this?

Newly-appointed skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will face his stiffest test yet, leading an unfancied Pakistan who have to overcome serious batting deficiencies to be competitive following their struggles in the one-day format in recent years. "We will play freely and if we win, we improve our ranking".

"For sure they (India) will be under pressure", added the gifted wicket-keeper/batsman.

"To be honest, cricket has changed a bit [since 2009]", said Amir in a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board. It's been followed last time as well, and I didn't see any issues being created last time. In Birmingham right now, you'd barely know there is a game of cricket going to be played, let alone the match that is hyped as a war without the shooting. "We've got to attack them and we've got to look to bowl them out". They are trying to do their job and get their livelihood, we will focus on our livelihood.

"We have nothing to lose, we just want to play our natural game", Sarfraz said last week.

Due to diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan, the two teams rarely lock horns against each other barring an International Cricket Council (ICC) event, and the hotly fought battle has over the years drawn a wide range of audience.

Victory on Sunday would be a boost in a group where South Africa, the world's top-ranked ODI side, beat Sri Lanka by 96 runs at the Oval on Saturday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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