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Taun­ton: Sar­faraz Ahmed in­sists Pak­istan fans won’t boo shamed Aus­tralia star Steven Smith dur­ing their World Cup match in Taun­ton on Wed­nes­day.

Pak­istan fans are ex­pected to make up a large chunk of the crowd in the west coun­try and there are fears they might fol­low the ex­am­ple of the In­dia sup­port­ers who jeered Smith at the Oval on Sun­day.

But Pak­istan cap­tain Sar­faraz says his com­pa­tri­ots will not re­sort to such tac­tics. “I don’t think Pak­istani peo­ple will do that,” Sar­faraz said on Tues­day. “Pak­istani peo­ple love cricket, they love to sup­port and they love the play­ers.” Mean­while, Sar­faraz vowed Pak­istan will put their 5-0 white­wash by Aus­tralia in March be­hind them. “I think that thing is gone, it’s past,” said Sar­faraz of the se­ries in which he and six other top play­ers were rested by Pak­istan. “We’re not think­ing about that. Ac­tu­ally we are think­ing about to­mor­row’s game. So our morale is very high and we will do our best.”

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