Pakistan's Haris Sohail attends a press conference at Headingley in Leeds, northern England ahead of their World Cup cricket match against Afghanistan on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Haris says Pakistan cannot be complacent against Afghanistan

LEEDS (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Haris Sohail said that Pakistan cannot be complacent in their World Cup match against Afghanistan on Saturday.

Sohail spoke to media at Headingley after the team’s practice session and said that players are aware of the fact that Afghanistan can be a dangerous side. “Their spinners are very good and we know that. We have seen their videos and have planned accordingly to tackle them,” Sohail told media. The 30-year old batsman scored two consecutive half-centuries to help Pakistan win against South Africa and New Zealand and stay alive in contention.

Many feel that Haris Sohail is a different player from what he was before, but the batsman says that nothing has changed in his natural style. “I am playing according to the situation. The situation now is different from what it was in the past. My role is to play at 4th or 5th position and bat according to requirement,” he said. “I never play to secure my personal place, my only aim is to play for the team’s benefit.

Even when I was dropped earlier, I thought it is in best of the team’s interest,” he added. When asked, Haris said that he can’t be compared with likes of Misbah ul Haq, Younis Khan or Mohammad Yousuf.

The middle-order batsman further added that the team is going match by match and focused on their game only. “We are not bothered about ifs and buts and other scenarios. Our focus is on our game and we are looking forward to playing against Afghanistan first and then against Bangladesh,” he concluded.

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