Imran advises Sarfraz to bat first against India in final

Posted June 18, 2017

"India, Pakistan will continue to play at worldwide tournaments but neither India will play in Pakistan nor Pakistan will play in India", said Shah.

Roelant Oltmans' men saw off a challenge from Scotland in their first game, coming out with a 4-1 win to begin their tournament in the manner they wanted. Mr Shah, who heads the Gujarat Cricket Association, ruled out resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan anytime soon. There is no reason for you (Sarfraz) to rejoice.

However, the Pakistan team's impressive turnaround has left Sohail unimpressed and he asserted that "external factors" helped them to reach the final.

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"We knew we didn't start well". If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God have won them the games. "Don't wish to get into the details on who won them the games", Sohail said during a programme on a Pakistani channel.

While talking to media, the former skipper professed that Pakistan should bat first in the final and then rely on their fast bowling to attack in order to defend the target.

After the mini scare against Scotland, India can not afford to take any side lightly even if Canada is ranked 11th in the world as against India's sixth.

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"The other thing I said was that the facilitators of the win can not be named; however I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play - my statement was misunderstood", Sohail said.

While those comments were understandable, Aamir Sohail's comments aimed at the team, especially the skipper, at a time when the team had managed to upset the odds to seal a place in the final of a major ICC tournament, came as quite a surprise to everyone. Why not rest these players and send a younger squad to play the #9 ranked team in the ICC ODI rankings?

And he insisted a Pakistan victory would be no great surprise.

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