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Champions Trophy: Inzamam backs Pak to perform well against India

Champions Trophy: Inzamam backs Pak to perform well against India
Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq, who is making his final test appearance at a ground where he made his debut in 1990, leads his team mates as they come to field against South Africa on the first day of their second test cricket match at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore October 8, 2007. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN)

Karachi [Pakistan]: Inzamam-ul-Haq, chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), believes the clash against their arch-rivals India in next month’s Champions Trophy will be important for the Men in Green to make a right start in the tournament.

Although India are yet to announce their squad for the upcoming 50-over pinnacle tournament, the fans from both nations have marked their calendars for June 4 when the two arch-rivals take on each other in their group clash.

Inzamam admitted that Pakistan didn’t have a good record against India in the major events, but added he was sure his players could perform well this time around.

“We don’t have a great record against India in major events, but every day is a new day and I am sure the players will perform well in the first match. The June 4 game is very important for us, not only because it is against India, but also because it will go a long way in helping us qualify for the semi-finals,” the Express Tribune quoted Inzamam, as saying.

Talking about his team, the Pakistan chief selector said that the side was a perfect blend of young and experienced players.

Pakistan are slated to play two warm-up games in Birmingham before their clash against India — taking on Bangladesh on May 27 before facing world champions Australia on May 29.

They will also attend a week-long training camp from the third week of May in Birmingham to prepare for the eight-team event, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

The tournament will also provide Pakistan a great chance to further consolidate their position in the top eight ODI sides as they look to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. (ANI)