Champions Trophy: Inzamam backs Pak to perform well against India

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)