Pak prepares for clash with India
The Pakistan cricket team on Friday formally kicked off the preparation against the much-awaited World Cup clash against India at Old Trafford, Manchester. The team arrived at the stadium early morning, only to be welcomed by another bout of rainfall that kept conditions wet and forced Pakistan to train indoors. The boys in green practised in five different groups at the Old Trafford’s indoor nets facilities as chief selector Inzamamul-Haq joined the coach, Mickey Arthur, for another round of discussions. Having looked at the brown-wicket, which seems decent for batting, Pakistan may go back to Shadab Khan their main spinner the final XI for the match. However, a final decision would be taken today evening. Meanwhile, the Indian team has also arrived in Manchester and was scheduled to hold their pre-match practice session on Saturday. India have five points from three games after winning two and a game against New Zealand being washed out. Pakistan, on the other hand, have three points from four games after two defeats, a washout and a win against England. Pakistan desperately need a win against India to keep their hopes alive to qualify for the World Cup 2019 semi-final.