Brimingham(May 27, 2107): Pakistan are all set to start their Champions Trophy proceedings with warm-up match against Bangladesh today (Saturday) at Edgbaston.
The Green Shirts conducted practice session at Edgbaston Cricket Ground where batting and bowling combinations were tested. The team trained hard before the practice match, and new kit for Champions Trophy was also revealed.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is hopeful for success in the warm-up match as well as in the main event. The match will be played in Birmingham at 02:30 PM (PST).
It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan are ranked last out of the eight teams that are participating in Champions Trophy. Bangladesh are also two positions above Pakistan, occupying sixth spot.
The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, also called mini World Cup, is scheduled to start from June 1 in the United Kingdom and the top eight ODI teams — India, Australia, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand — will be contesting in the race to win the title.
Team India will look to defend the title they won in 2013 under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni after defeating England by five runs on June 23.
The final of the eighth edition of the tournament will be played on June 18. Group A consist of Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh and England while Group B has India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Pakistan will play their second warm-up game against Australia on Monday.
Pakistan (squad): Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz.
Bangladesh (squad): Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed.