“We are very hopeful and really excited about this tournament. We are No. 8. So we have nothing to lose. So that’s why I told the players just play your natural game,” he said. “Initially we played a good series in West Indies. It was a very tough series for us. But a lot of our players performed really well in all forms, all departments, batting or bowling. So we’re really hopeful to perform this tournament and we’ll try to win this trophy as well.
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“I think my aim is to just play our natural game, just play freely. Don’t think too many percentages, just play as you play in domestics.”
Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy, something that Sarfaraz said motivates the team even more. “Yeah, I think this is very exciting for me and my team as well, to win the Champions Trophy first time,” he gushed. “We’ll definitely try to win the Champions Trophy. And guys are really hopeful because we had a lot of practice sessions here. We’re hopeful and ready to play Champions Trophy.”