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Pakistan announces its squad for June 4 Cricket clash with arch-rivals

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan Cricket coach Mickey Arthur on Saturday announced the team’s lineup for the June 4 Champions Trophy clash against India in England.

Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail and Fakhar Zaman have been dropped from the squad, leaving Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shahzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.

Arthur said further changes to the team’s line-up would be made in light of the pitch and ground conditions ahead of the match.

“We have a lot of faith and a lot of confidence,” Arthur said while addressing a press conference in England.

Pakistan and India are set to contest a high-stakes Champions Trophy fixture on Sunday.

The cricket-mad neighbouring countries rarely square off and hundreds of millions of fans are expected to tune in and watch the teams fight for national pride at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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Talking to a press conference in Birmingham, Sarfraz Ahmed said the team is under no pressure and they will try to get out rival skipper Virat Kohli as soon as possible. Coach Mickey Arthur opined the green shirts will play with a better combination in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match against India.

He assured the Pakistan team is fully prepared for the mega-event.

 

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