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Ajmal backs Pak to win last-ever edition of Champions Trophy

Karachi, May 7 (ANI): Pakistani spin maestro Saeed Ajmal has said that he believes that Pakistan can mark the last edition of the ICC Champions Trophy with a title win in England.

The eight-nation tournament, which was first played in 1998, will be played for the last time this year as the ICC looks to add impetus to Test cricket with a championship of its own, for which the tournament will hold special significance for all teams, the Dawn reports.

Stating that Pakistan will be looking to put in their best efforts in the tournament, Ajmal said that he is confident that his team will take away the trophy for the last edition of this tournament, adding that Pakistan is looking solid despite a disappointing show in South Africa recently.

Confident about the ability of Pakistan’s batsmen, Ajmal said that the conditions in the training camp in Abbottabad have provided the ideal environment ahead of the tournament, adding that the weather in the camp was favourable and the pitches have pounce, similar to the English conditions.

According to the spinner, the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to hold the camp has benefited the team, adding that they have been practicing on seaming pitches to get ready in case there is such a pitch in England.

Stating that the spinners will play a crucial role in seaming English conditions, Ajmal said that the pitches in England suit them as the ball tends to turn, especially at The Oval.

Ajmal, who has lost weight to get into shape for the upcoming tournament, further said that the team were informed to work hard and lose weight by training and physical activities instead of dieting following the South Africa tour.

The Champions Trophy will run from June 6-23 with Pakistan taking on the West Indies on June 7 in the opening match of Group B.

Pakistan will face South Africa on June 10 and arch-rivals India on June 15 – both at Birmingham, the report added. (ANI)