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We have more passion than Indian cricketers: Pakistan U-19 World Cup coach

PTI
Published Jan 10, 2020, 1:46 pm IST
Updated Jan 10, 2020, 1:46 pm IST
Ejaz was head coach of the Pakistan Emerging side which beat India before eventually winning the title in Bangladesh last year
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Karachi: Former Pakistan batsman and current U-19 head coach Ejaz Ahmed feels that his side can beat defending champions and arch-rivals India in the forthcoming ICC Youth World Cup beginning in South Africa on January 17.
“India has a very good cricket system and it is organized but I know that we have more passion than them when we play against each other and that is how we also beat them in the semi-finals of the recent Asian Emerging Nations Cup,” Ejaz said.
Ejaz, who has played 60 Test and 250 ODIs, was head coach of the Pakistan Emerging side which beat India before eventually winning the title in Bangladesh last year.
“Even in the past, we beat India because of our greater passion and this time also I know the passion of our players will prevail over them although they have a very strong outfit,” he added.
Pakistan have won the U-19 World Cup twice in the past.
The 51-year-old Ejaz, however, said at the end of the day it would be all about how a team plays on that particular day.
“It is the same in the World Cup it does not matter which team is number one or defending champions what will matter is how a team plays on a given day. I personally feel our team is well balanced,” he said.
Ejaz did not believe that India would get advantage of having played a four-nation tournament with South Africa, New Zealand and Zimbabwe in South Africa before the World Cup.
“Our players have also trained hard in Lahore and we have played around 11 matches. We will also reach South Africa nine days before the World Cup and we have some practice games and I think our preparations are also very good for the tournament,” he said.

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