Playing in UAE gives Pakistan edge over India in Asia Cup: Sarfraz Ahmed

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said his side would try to take advantage of playing regularly in the United Arab Emirates when they face India in the Asia Cup next month.Defending champions India will face arch-rivals Pakistan on September 19 in their second match of the 2018 Asia Cup.Group A consists of India, Pakistan and the yet-to-be-decided qualifier while Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 and two teams will then play the final on September 28 in Dubai.Sarfraz, who led Pakistan to victory in the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy against India in England, also warned Pakistan against taking Virat Kohli’s team lightly.”Our team has relatively more experience of playing under UAE conditions and therefore we will try to take advantage of this experience in our Asia Cup match against India. On the other hand, Virat Kohli-XI is a stronger outfit as far as overall experience is concerned,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by Dawn.Don’t play Asia Cup: Virender Sehwag slams India’s shocking scheduleIndia have been scheduled to play One Day Internationals on back-to-back days on September 18 and 19.”I have no information about the BCCI raising any objection over the schedule of India-Pakistan match,” the Pakistan skipper stated.Also Read – Pakistan prepared better for England and got better results: Sarfraz AhmedSarfraz had earlier fanned the flames in the growing controversy regarding Team India’s preparations for the ‘tough’ tour of England.advertisementKohli & Co. have been on the receiving end of a lot of flak for their performance in the ongoing Test series against England. After two Tests, India are 2-0 down in the series and the general lack of ‘practice’ from the team has been a concern for most pundits.Indians chose to take a five-day break after the ODI series and played just one three-day practice game against Essex to prepare themselves for the five-match Test series. Consequently, India’s batsmen were found out in the opening Test match at Edgbaston.READ – Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonIn the second Test at Lord’s, Kohli and his team were subjected to a humiliating innings and 159-run defeat.Sarfaraz evaluated India’s performance in the Test series and said that Pakistan were well prepared for the England tour.Drawing on personal experience, he said, “I have toured England twice and both times Pakistan team performed well. According to me, whichever Asian team travels to England tend to struggle. India is no different as the conditions there are really tough,” Sarfraz told reporters on Wednesday.READ – India in love with London, hope they practice from Tuesday: Sunil GavaskarIn his second tour of England, he led Pakistan to a 1-1 draw and again they got acclimatised to red-ball cricket properly before getting down to business.”As for the last tour, Pakistan played almost three practice matches and then faced England,” he said.”As a player and a captain, I think our preparation was better and we got better results.”last_img read more