Pakistan gunning for bitter foe India, win ICC Champions Trophy: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Pakistan, who hold a 2-1 head-to-head record in the ICC Champions Trophy, will be determined to not just beat India, but also win the title for the first time, according to chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haqcricket Updated: May 18, 2017 15:06 IST
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has insisted that Pakistan’s target in the upcoming Champions Trophy is not only to beat India but also to win the coveted trophy.
Pakistan, to be captained by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, will lock horns with India in their first match of the Champions Trophy on June 4 in Birmingham, England.
“We are not going to England just to beat India but our prime target is to win the championship,” the Dawn quoted Inzamam as saying.
While Pakistan hold a 2-1 lead over their fierce rivals and neighbours in the Champions Trophy, it is India who have won 10 out of the 11 contests at the World Cup and World T20 tournaments between the two sides.
The former skipper---while recollecting that it was under his captaincy that Pakistan had defeated India in the 2004 edition of the marquee event at the same Edgbaston ground by three wickets---insisted that the current team could again defeat India
“We can win again,” he said.
The chief selector also maintained that his team would leave no stones unturned and would try hard to win every match of the tournament.
The Indian cricket team, who won the coveted title back in 2013, couldn’t have found a better opponent than arch-rivals Pakistan to begin their title defence in England and Wales.
The Virat Kohli-led side, who are the defending champions, will be the more confident side going into this tournament, which begins from June 1.
First Published: May 18, 2017 14:11 IST