Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said that with the slow wickets of UAE for the 2018 Asia Cup, spinners will have a key role to play and added that beating India will go a long way in building momentum for the rest of the tourney.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said that with the slow wickets of UAE for the 2018 Asia Cup, spinners will have a key role to play and added that beating India will go a long way in building momentum for the rest of the tourney.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said that with the slow wickets of UAE for the 2018 Asia Cup, spinners will have a key role to play and added that beating India will go a long way in building momentum for the rest of the tourney.

Both Pakistan and India will open their campaign against Qualifier Hong Kong before taking on each other on Sept 19. The last time these two teams met, Pakistan defeated India in the ICC Champions Trophy final to lift the title.

“Our preparation is very good. We will try to use the four days we get in the UAE and prepare well, said Sarfraz.

“Every match we play against India is important. The match against India will be our first big match and we will try to gain the momentum. We will try to be fully prepared against India.

“I have already said momentum is very important for big events and here also momentum would be the key. The team has high hopes and the morale is also very good. So we will try to gain the momentum from the first match and carry that till the end,” he said.

Apart from legspinner Shahdab Khan, Pakistan have 24-year-old left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz and veteran Shoaib Malik as spinners in their squad with a plethora of pacers. Yet,  he reckons spinners will play a key role.

“If you look at the pitches there (UAE), they are generally slow in nature. So the spinners’ role would be very crucial. If we bat first, we would like to post 300 plus targets and if we do so we have bowlers to defend that target,” he added.