ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan’s Haris Sohail vows to give his best against India

Haris Sohail, who has been named Umar Akmal’s replacement in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad, is confident of performing well when his team takes on Virat Kohli-led India in a high-voltage Pool B game in Birmingham on June 4.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: May 24, 2017 17:30 IST
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Haris Sohail, who has replaced Umar Akmal in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad, last played an ODI in 2015. (Getty Images)

Haris Sohail, who has been included in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad as replacement for unfit Umar Akmal, has insisted that he is ready to give his all in the tournament opener against arch-rivals India.

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Earlier, Akmal was recalled from England and was axed from the Champions Trophy team after he failed to clear two fitness tests during the eight-team tournament’s preparation camp in Birmingham. (ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY FULL COVERAGE)

On Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) called Haris, left-handed batsman Umar Amin and right-handed batsman Asif Zakir at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Lahore to participate in the fitness test, where he was adjudged the best among the trio based on the reports submitted by the trainer.

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The 28-year-old, who last played an ODI for Pakistan in May 2015 during Zimbabwe’s landmark tour to Pakistan, said he was very happy to make a comeback to the national side.

“I will try my best to play my role in the team’s success,” Express Tribune quoted Haris as saying.

Pakistan open their Pool B campaign in a high-voltage game against arch-rivals India in Birmingham on June 4.

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Speaking about the high-octane match, Haris said: “Every player wishes to perform well against India.

“If I get a chance to play against India, I will surely try my best to put up a good performance against them,” he added.

In the 22 ODIs, Haris has scored 774 runs at an average of 43 with a strike rate of 82.86. In the same number of ODIs, he has bagged four wickets with his left-arm spin.

After the India clash, Pakistan will play South Africa (in Birmingham on June 7) and Sri Lanka (in Cardiff on June 12).

First Published: May 24, 2017 15:28 IST