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ICC World T20 2014: Mohammad Hafeez says Pakistan should not get ‘swayed by emotion’ against India

Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan attends a pre-match press conference at Pallekele ahead
Pakistan have made ‘plans’ for Australia and West Indies, says Mohammad Hafeez © Getty Images

Karachi: Mar 16, 2014

Pakistani Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has insisted that his team would not get ‘swayed by emotion’ ahead of their clash with archrivals India in the ICC World Twenty20 at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Hafeez believes that Pakistan cannot afford to get distracted by their rivalry against India if they are to replicate their 2009 triumph from a group also containing defending champions West Indies and tournament favourite Australia.

According to The Dawn, far from being daunted by the prospect of facing India in their World T20 opener on Friday, Hafeez is happy that his team will kick off their campaign in Bangladesh against India as he believes that if they managed to perform well in such a high-pressure match, subsequent matches would seem easier for them.

However, Hafeez dismissed notions that Pakistan is underestimating their other opponents in the tournament, saying that they have made certain plans for Australia and West Indies also as both are good sides, adding that his team’s group has all the favourites for the tournament.

Hafeez further said that the fact is a good challenge for Pakistan as it will keep them from taking things easy in the event.

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

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Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

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Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

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Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

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Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

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