ADELAIDE: Pakistan team manager Naveed Akram Cheema has said that Pakistan preparing for the match against Ireland and were focused to pull a victory to confirm a place in the World Cup quarterfinal from Pool B.
“The players are undergoing training sessions and are preparing well for the match against Ireland. We are hopeful of winning the match,” said Cheema.
Cheema further said that team management was now targeting a victory against Ireland and nothing else.
“Team management is not biased towards any player. Each and every player is equal to team management. And there are no differences in the team and we are playing as one unit,” he said.
However, after wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed put superb show in Auckland against South Africa, reports surfaced that Coach Waqar Younis was settling scores by not giving him a chance to play in previous matches.
Instead opener Nasir Jamshed played three straight games with his below par performance with the bat as well as in the field.
“We gave chances to Nasir Jamshed since he is a specialist opener and we have been struggling to find a good opening stand,” Cheema justified.