Pakistan will start their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong on September 16 before playing their arch-rivals India, three days later.
Sarfraz Ahmed, captain of the Pakistan cricket team, shared that they will take every team seriously and will be eyeing to generate momentum in their opening game which will help them prepare for the all-important clash with India.
“Every game against is extremely important. Momentum is very important, so we’ll try to generate momentum in the first game and go into the fixture against India thoroughly prepare,” said Sarfraz.
The last time Pakistan played their arch-rivals India was at the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, where Pakistan defeated Indian by a margin of 180 runs.
But Sarfraz wants everyone to remain cautious and not to be over-confident because that match is history now.
He shared, “That match is in the past now. It was almost one-and-a-half years ago. So I don’t think we should consider it that much. All professional teams put the past behind and look forward. Both teams will do the same.”
“I’ve seen all the squads and they are all very strong, no team can be taken lightly. Teams will have to play very good cricket if they are to win the tournament.”
The six-nation Asia Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The sporting event will be starting from September 15 and ending on September 28.