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Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2017

"They want us to take the trophy home", he said with a smile on his face.

Pakistan, who upset the odds to draw a Test series in England previous year, have already been in Birmingham for two weeks in preparation for their bid to win the Champions Trophy, a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide teams.

"When you play against India, emotions count more than experience, of course skill set is important against them, you should be well prepared", he told.

Among the longest standing cricket rivalries, India and Pakistan will come face-to-face at Birmingham on Sunday in the race for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. They, however, faced off in the shortest version of the game during last year's ICC World T20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In recent times, whenever the Indian team has played its natural game, they have done well. They last met each other at the Adelaide Oval in Australia during the 2015 World Cup, where India emerged victories.

"But again, it's cricket and anything can happen in the game".

"The way they are playing, if you look at the last two years ... they win nearly everything".

If the uncertainty over their participation in the tournament was the first controversy that hit them, the team is once again in focus, this time over an alleged rift between skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble. "Bumrah is a good one-day bowler".

Former Indian captain Azharuddin also agreed with Aamir Sohail and Harbhajan Singh and opined that trade between the two countries goes on as usual despite the tension on border but it is the game which suffers.

"If it is good batting and the sun is out hopefully we can put a bit of pressure on those guys and try and play the way we did in Australia", Smith said. Because both of the team have an International Cricket series recently.

Shoaib Malik is one of the most experienced player in the Pakistan Cricket team. "I think India have got one of the most potent attacks in the championship", Glenn McGrath insisted. "I hope that the batters will understand their role and not to think about much about yesterday (Tuesday)".

Yet it says something about England's current "white- ball" approach that Jonny Bairstow, their only batsman to make a fifty at Lord's, may not play at the Oval if all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are fully fit.

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