Pakistan will face Hong Kong in its first match of the tournament on September 16. © AFP
Pakistan, one of the main contenders of the Asian Cup 2018, left on Monday for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the next tournament. Before the game, the captain Sarfraz Ahmed expressed his joy for the preparation of his team for the tournament. Pakistan will face archrival India in its second match and Sarfraz said the meeting between the two nations will be crucial to decide the eventual winner of the tournament. As the matches between both teams were a rarity in recent years, Sarfraz said that the victory of the Champions Trophy (18 months ago) must be maintained in the past and the team expects to have a good performance in the tournament from the beginning.
"That game is in the past, it was almost a year and a half ago, so I do not think we should consider it too much," said Sarfraz. "All professional teams leave the past behind and look to the future. by icc-cricket.com.
Pakistan will face Hong Kong in their opening match of the tournament on September 16. Sarfraz mentioned that momentum will be an important factor in the match against India and winning against Hong Kong will certainly raise the morale of his team before the India match.
"Every game against India is extremely important," said Sarfraz. "The impetus is very important, so we will try to generate momentum in the first game and enter the game against India fully prepared."
With Virat Kohli resting for the Asian Cup, India will participate in the tournament under the direction of Rohit Sharma. The tournament is scheduled to run from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. India and Pakistan will face on September 19.