Will Approach All Our World Cup Games Like We Do Against India: Sarfaraz Ahmed

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Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has said that his team will approach every match of the upcoming World Cup like it does against arch-rivals India.

“The match against India is very important in many ways but it is one match and we need to play all our remaining matches in the tournament like we are playing against India,” he said.

The Pakistan squad is presently camped in Kent county where it is holding a camp and also play a practice game on April 27.

Pakistan will play a T20 international and five match ODI series against hosts England before the World Cup beginning May 30.

All eyes are on how reserve players Muhammad Aamir and batsman Asif Ali perform against England.

There is also lot of interest around the performances of teen aged fast bowler Muhammad Hasnain who has been named in the World Cup squad.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has said that if Aamir and Asif produce impressive performances against England they could be considered for the World Cup as changes can be made in the 15 member squad until May 23.

Sarfaraz said that he was under no pressure as captain before the mega-event.

“Where I bat we will decide as the matches go but there is complete unanimity between me and Mickey Arthur and the selection committee over the players selected,” he said when asked if he had been consulted in the finalization of the squad.

Sarfaraz said his team had the talent and depth to surprise any team but it was important for players to gain momentum and maintain it in the tournament as every team would have to play nine games to qualify for the knockout stage.