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Pakistani fans will not boo Smith, says Sarfraz Ahmed

Sarfraz Ahmed bestowed confidence upon the Pakistani fans, said they will not jeer Steve Smith when the two sides meets.



Pakistani fans will not boo Smith, says Sarfraz Ahmed
Sarfraz Ahmed believes Pakistani supporters will act sportingly when Steve Smith plays. Photo: Reuters

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has bestowed confidence upon the cricket fans from his country, said they will not boo Steve Smith when the two sides will meet at Taunton on Wednesday in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 contest.

Former Australian captain Steve Smith, on his return to international cricket after serving year-long suspension for his involvement in ‘Sandpaper Gate’, has become commonly targeted by cricket supporters since his arrival in England.

However, Pakistani captain delivered confidence notes, said people of his country are cricket crazy and they will not showcased any such deeds in the field.

Sarfraz Ahmed said ahead of the game,

“Our supporters love cricket and cricketers and there won’t be any such thing when we play Australia on Wednesday at Taunton.”

A huge range of Indian cricket fans chanted “cheater” at Smith in the previous match against which was lately calmed by Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

The match against Australia are vital for Pakistan to survive in the contest and Sarfraz reckoned the team is well aware of the fact. He also added that top three batsmen will be important for both the sides.

“It is important that top three batsmen score runs and provide team a solid base. Similarly, it is also important to get opponents’ top order out quickly to restrict them,” he said.

“Toss will be crucial in tomorrow’s game as well,” Sarfraz Ahmed added.

Talking about the pressure of a mega contest like the World Cup, Sarfraz said, “You post 500 type scores once in a blue moon. World Cup is a pressure game and it is not easy to post big totals here when there’s so much pressure around.”

Sarfaraz also vowed Pakistan will put their 5-0 whitewash by Australia in March behind them to face the reigning World Champions in the upcoming clash.

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