The new captain of Pakistani cricket team Sarfaraz Ahmad will lead a much-unfancied team in Champions Trophy 2017 which will start with a very high-voltage clash against India on 4th of June, 2017. While India is also defending champions of this torment.
After narrowly saving themselves from elimination from the Tournament. Pakistan will need to face some very serious batting problems to play in competitive cricket with other top 7 ranked teams.
The eliminating from the first round of 2015 World Cup forced all-rounder Shahid Afridi and skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq to retire from International One day Cricket. This turned out to be a shock for Pakistani cricket team.
Then, the captaincy was handed over to test batsman Azhar Ali. Eventually, Pakistan cricket team faces embarrassing 3-0 defeat from Bangladesh followed by 4-1 defeat by England and Australia. The Wicket-Keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed is credited with injecting new energy as he has won three out of his first four one-day Internationals, after getting captaincy.
Pakistan cricket team got the entry in this tournament by doing a clean sweep against Zimbabwe in May 2015.
“They say a caption is as good as his team and this side lacks power hitting skills,”
Said Ramiz Raja Former Pakistani captain and cricket commentator. Though the captain of Pakistan’s cricket team seems to disagree with this as he told media in England
“It is true that we ranked number 8 but we are capable of giving a tough time to our opponents, we will overcome our weakness during our preparations in a camp in Birmingham and will be noticed for our fight”.
Experienced Shuaib Malik and all-rounder Imad Wasim will be required to spark batting line up in last 10 overs.
“Pakistan is playing the style or brand that belongs to the 1990s when the game has moved on, so we need a huge lift in that area” Pakistani head coach Mickey Arthur expressed his two-cents.
According to Sarfraz Ahmed the opener of Pakistani cricket team will set the tone for team’s performance in the torments right from the mighty Pak-India clash. Pakistan will also face South Africa and Sri Lanka on June 7 and June 11 in Cardiff in Champions Trophy.
Source: Dawn News