Pakistan should bat first against India, advises Imran Khan

India has not played any bilateral cricket with Pakistan since 2007, although in the winter of 2012-13, Pakistan made a short goodwill tour to India that included three One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals. "Unfortunately, we got off to a bad start and got punished". The Pakistan team has been wrecked by match-fixing allegations in the past, with one of the key bowlers in the present team, Mohammad Aamir, having even served a five-year sentence for betting on his own bowling. But the team management boosted us really well.

"If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God has won them the games". "India refuse to play against us (in Pakistan's adopted home of the United Arab Emirates)". The question then arises: Why would you send India's most experienced players to the Caribbean for a short series as opposed to resting them for the Sri Lanka tour?

According to "Reuters" news agency, TV ad rates during India-Pakistan final, on Star Sports have gone up 10 times. This is the first time the top leader of ruling BJP has clearly spelt their stand on sporting ties with the neighbouring country.

Aamir took matters further when he made a cryptic suggestion that external factors were at play in Pakistan's run to the finals that helped them set up a mouthwatering clash against arch-rivals India in the final to be played on Sunday.

"If you do something wrong, we will point it out to you; if you do something right, we will tell you that too; and if you do something wrong in an attempt to do something right, we will point that out to you as well", Sohail said, apparently in defence of retired cricketers' frequent commentary on the Pakistan side's recent performances.

It means Canada have opened their account with a win, while Pakistan failed to bounce back from an opening 4-0 loss to The Netherlands yesterday. India will take on Canada in their second Pool B match on Saturday before facing Pakistan on Sunday.

  • Stacy Allen