Cricket fans all across the globe will once again witness the India-Pakistan clash, touted as the ‘mother of all clashes’ when the two teams face each other in the Asia Cup 2018. And ahead of that clash Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has said that his team would look to utilise their experience of playing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against India in the September 19 game. Also Read - Virat Kohli's Lockdown Look Goes Viral on Social Space | SEE PICS
“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,” Pakistan daily Dawn quoted Sarfraz as saying. Also Read - BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly Hopes For Reduced Quarantine For Virat Kohli & Co in Australia
The 31-year-old, however, acknowledged that Virat Kohli-led Indian side is a relatively strong team when one takes into account the overall experience of both the teams. Also Read - Ajinkya Rahane 'Mentally Prepared' to Play All Three Formats, Says Ready to Bat at Any Position in ODI Cricket
“On the other hand, Virat Kohli-XI is a stronger outfit as far as overall experience is concerned,” he added.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) last month had released the schedule for the biennial tournament set to take place in the UAE from 15 September, sees Bangladesh and Sri Lanka face each other in the opening game in Dubai. India will be playing Pakistan in Dubai the day after their opening game against the as-yet-unconfirmed qualifiers in the Asia Cup tournament.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are all confirmed participants, with the remaining spot still up for grabs almost UAE, Singapore, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Group A consists of India, Pakistan and the 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 28 September in Dubai.
Overall, India and Pakistan have played 12 games against each other in the Asia Cup tournament (11 ODI and 1 T20I), with India emerging victorious on five occasions, Pakistan on six and one match ending without any result.