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Lot of prestige involved in UP encounter: Shoaib Malik



Pakistan’s young all-rounder Shoaib Malik said a lot of prestige was involved in the encounter between national domestic champions of India and those of Pakistan, to be played in Dharmasala from September 27 to 30.

“It is going to be a tight game as there is a lot of prestige involved in the challenge match,” Malik said before a strong Sialkot squad, including several Test players, left for Chandigarh to play the four-day match against Ranji Trophy winners Uttar Pradesh.

Malik is a part of the 14-member squad, led by Test discard and opener Imran Nazir and also includes pacer Mohammad Asif. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who also plays for Sialkot, is unavailable, as he has just finished his season with English County Sussex.

Asif, who has been in splendid form for Pakistan, is seen as the trump card for Sialkot which won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after outclassing Faisalabad in the final earlier this year. “Playing in India is always a big challenge and I am sure the match will evoke interest in both countries as the national champions are pitted against each other,” Malik said while praising the location of the match.

Malik, who was dropped due to poor form in the One-day International (ODI) series against England after missing the Tests due to an elbow injury, said the four-day game would enable him to get some practice before the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy starting in India from October 7.

A PCB official said if the match was a success it would become an annual feature, saying, “The time slot for the match was a problem but then both the boards (PCB and BCCI) agreed it should be held this year.”
Source:The News

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