Amit Shah rules out resumption of Indo-Pak cricket ties

West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor gathers runs through the off-side during her half-century yesterday

Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday lodged a protest with Pakistan Electronic Management and Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) over comments made by former captain Amir Sohail implying that Pakistan's win in the Champions trophy were influenced from outside sources.

The match itself, which followed India's "bowl out" win after a group stage tie with Pakistan, was a classic.

The ICL may have forced the BCCI's hand but without the catalyst of a thrilling win in a major worldwide final, and over Pakistan as well, would Twenty20 have taken off with fans and officials alike in India, cricket's economic powerhouse, in quite the same way? Team Pakistan's next match will be against their arch-rivals India on June 18.

Manpreet emphasised that the team has no added pressure as they have already qualified for the HWL Final to be played in Bhubaneswar in December.

Pakistan was battered by India in 1992 also when Imran's boys were guilty of an abject surrender Chasing India's modest 216 and getting skittled out for a paltry 173.

"The other thing I said was that the facilitators of the win can not be named; however I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play - my statement was misunderstood", Sohail said.

Twenty20, pioneered as a professional sport in the English county game, was still in its global infancy a decade ago, when Johannesburg hosted the 2007 World Twenty20 final, with many players inclined to treat it as just a bit of fun compared to the more serious business of one-day internationals and Test matches.

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"Though the team is ranked below us, we don't want to take them lightly".

However, this does not mean that they do not feel any effects before the game.

Come the last over, Pakistan needed 13 to win with Misbah on strike but only one wicket now standing.

A distinct similarity has been the roles of Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had just made his ODI debut in 1991, and Fakhar Zaman who like Inzamam played a crucial knock in the semis. During the tour, Pakistani team won the first Test by 12 runs.

Unafraid to go round the wicket, Hasan took three for 35 - all top-order wickets - against a powerful batting line-up as England slumped to 211 all out.

India have batted to a plan so far, and not much is likely to change in the final.

But Pakistan can draw confidence from the fact that even England were favourites to lift the Cup on March 25, 1992, at the MCG.

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