BRISTOL: Pakistan have won the toss and opted to bat first against underdogs Afghanistan in the first warm-up game of World Cup 2019 here in Bristol.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, after winning the toss, said that he wants to provide batsmen opportunity of piling up a big total on the scoreboard.
Commenting on the recent loss of 4-0 to hands of England, he accepted Pakistan Team’s ‘below par’ fielding and bowling.
“We have done a lot of practice and we hope to get a positive result from the match”, Sarfraz said.
The ICC World Cup 2019 is just a week away and the teams will play their warm-up matches, starting from Friday (today), before hitting the field to play for the mega title.
The ten participating teams will get to play two warm-up matches each and the players would look to get a whiff of how the playing conditions in various stadiums would be in the month-long intense battle starting from May 30.
The warm-up fixtures are scheduled to be hosted at four official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 venues.
The four venues include; the Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Hampshire Bowl and The Oval.
After Muhammad Amir and Shadab Khan, fast bowler Wahab Riaz has also joined the team while big-hitter Asif Ali will rejoin the national side in England in a few days.
Coaches are working hard on the players ahead of World Cupp for which they conducted exercises related to improve catching, direct hits and running between the wickets at Bath Cricket Club, Bristol.
Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31.