Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is all geared up for the upcoming Champions Trophy clash against India, and said any encounter between the traditional rivals on the cricketing field is always very special.
Hafeez told Pakistani reporters in Ireland, where the team is preparing for a one-day series against the hosts, that the players were eagerly awaiting for the match against India as it would also determine their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage of the tournament.
Pakistan and India will clash on June 15 at Edgbaston in one of the most awaited fixtures of the ICC event.
“Any match against India is always very special and as usual we are waiting for the match. But we will be trying to play every game in the tournament in the same manner and with same passion,” Hafeez said.
“The match against India should be electric and I always enjoy playing against India because the atmosphere is different and the environment is charged. Both the teams give more than 100 per cent to do well,” he added.
Hafeez said the good thing about the present Pakistan team was that most of the players had previously played in England either in league or county cricket or for the national team.
“That experience will come in very handy for us and it is good we are already playing Scotland and Ireland prior to the tournament in England,” Hafeez said.
The 32-year-old said despite the absence of senior players like Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan, the team was a good blend of youth and experience and the bowling attack was its strongest point.
“I think Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan will prove to be handful in English conditions with the new ball and than we have great back-up and a quality spinner in Saeed Ajmal,” he noted.