IND vs PAK: Shoaib Akhtar requests Pakistan team, ‘Mulk ke liye khelna, not for individual records or personal milestones’

IND vs PAK: Ahead of the much-awaited India vs Pakistan clash at the T20 World Cup in New York’s Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, Pakistan cricket legend Shoaib Akhtar has issued a plea for the Pakistan team to put their country over their own personal interests.

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Pakistan come into the IND vs PAK clash after suffering a defeat at the hands of Team USA in their opening encounter. USA dragged Pakistan into a Super Over, where they prevailed by five runs.

“Guys, Pakistan team ke liye khelna. Tumhein khuda ka wasta hai. Apne liye nahi, mulk ke liye khelna hai. Play out of your skins and in the game, don’t play for personal milestones. Fans don’t remember personal milestones. They remember the six that Javed Miandad hit (on the last ball against Indian cricket team). They remember the wicket I took at Kolkata or the 2009 World Cup or the Champions Trophy. But if you win Pakistan a match, that’s what fans will remember over personal milestones. Today, play for each other. Play for Pakistan. Play for Pakistan’s morale. All of Pakistan is looking at you. You’ve burnt your bridges, not you have to swim out of this whole mess. We’re with you,” Akhtar said in a video he posted on his social media handle while he was on his way to the studio to record a pre-match show.

In the IND vs PAK clash on Sunday, Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team will be hoping to capitalise on Babar Azam and his team’s stumble against USA in their opening clash.

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The marquee IND vs PAK game in New York between the Asian arch-rivals is expected to draw the biggest crowd of the tournament so far and will be held at the newly constructed 34,000-seater Nassau County International Cricket Stadium at the Eisenhower Park on the outskirts of New York city.

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam has also been under fire after he played 43 deliveries for his 44 runs against USA. He will be expected to play much faster in the IND vs PAK game.

India and Pakistan have played each other 12 times in T20Is, with India winning eight matches (not including the tied match that India won by a bowl out) and Pakistan tasting victory in only three games.

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