‘No spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion plans for In­dia’

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Karachi: Pak­istan team man­ager Talat Ali, on Tues­day, rub­bished me­dia re­ports his play­ers have had to be told to cel­e­brate with re­straint dur­ing the much-an­tic­i­pated World Cup clash against In­dia on Sun­day, say­ing they had no ex­trav­a­gant plans to be­gin with.

Ali re­but­ted re­ports that Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan in­structed the play­ers to avoid cel­e­bra­tions in the match against In­dia at Manch­ester.

“No such in­struc­tions have been is­sued to the play­ers. The play­ers met with Im­ran Khan at Bani Gala be­fore fly­ing to London. After that the Prime Min­is­ter has had no con­tact with the play­ers,” Ali, a for­mer Test player, said.

Pak­istan team man­ager

“We fol­low the guide­line given to us by the Pak­istan Cricket Board and for us the match against In­dia is just like against any other team. Ob­vi­ously, it is a high-pro­file match but we just fo­cus on cricket and don’t have any pol­i­tics in our mind,” he as­serted.

Ear­lier, the team had to is­sue a state­ment negat­ing me­dia re­ports that Pak­istani play­ers were plan­ning to wear cam­ou­flage mil­i­tary caps dur­ing the match against In­dia.

“...we have no spe­cial plans for the match. As far as the cricket is con­cerned chief se­lec­tor In­za­mam-ul-haq, cap­tain Sar­faraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur are dis­cussing strat­egy and team for the im­por­tant match. But our play­ers will only fo­cus on play­ing good cricket,” he said.

The match will be the first be­tween the two arch-ri­vals since the ter­ror at­tack in Pul­wama in which 40 CRPF per­son­nel were killed. There were calls by some for­mer In­dian play­ers and politi­cians to boy­cott the match.

It (In­dia-pak­istak tie) is a high-pro­file match but we just fo­cus on cricket and don’t have any pol­i­tics in our mind Talat Ali,

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