Mohammad Abbas called up in the Pakistan team training camp

Mohammad Abbas called up in the Pakistan team training camp

Abbas made his debut for Pakistan in the first match of the recent Test series in the West Indies and impressed everyone with a five-for in just his third Test match.

Mohammad Abbas
Mohammad Abbas. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s latest sensation Mohammad Abbas has been called by the Pakistan team management to take part in the team’s training camp in Birmingham, England. The fast bowler would want to get a hang of the white ball in bowler friendly English conditions. He impressed one and all with his exploits in the domestic tournament Quaid-E-Azam trophy in the past two seasons claiming 61 and 71 wickets respective seasons to warrant himself a place in the national squad against the West Indies.

Abbas made his debut for Pakistan in the first match of the recent Test series in the West Indies and impressed everyone with a five-for in just his third Test match. The bowler will be a key addition in the bowling department and Pakistan will be expecting him to deliver.

Pakistan team’s training has been in full swing in Edgbaston where they have gone through intense indoor fitness tests and training regimes ahead of the Champions Trophy, albeit in their new gear. All eyes will be on their first match against India on June 4. The groundwork for the opening clash has already been set with both sides having respective says on the match.

Inzi certain Pakistan can beat India

Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has said that they are not going there just to beat India but also win the title. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, on the other hand, has opined that “India will once again beat Pakistan”.

History has favoured India in the matches against Pakistan so far in ICC events in 50 over and World T20 where the Men in Blue enjoy an 11-0 against Pakistan. However, Pakistan enjoys a better record in the Champions Trophy clashes where they are 2-1 win-loss ratio against India.

The build up for the match was doubtful with talks of India pulling out of the Champions Trophy and the Pakistan Cricket Board wanting to claim compensation from the BCCI for cancelling the scheduled bilateral series between the two teams.

However, with India confirming their participation in the tournament, things have been sorted out for now and the discussion has shifted to the cricket. Now, all eyes will be on Edgbaston on June 4 when the two heavyweights go head to head on the big stage once again.