'My Targets Will Be Rizwan And Babar': Canada Pacer Eyes Old Friend's Wicket In Clash Vs PAK In T20 WC 2024

Canadian pacer Kaleem Sana has revealed that he played cricket with Babar Azam for eight years since under-16 days and he was selected for the Pakistan U-19 World Cup team in 2010. The Pakistani-Canadian bowler said he has played with Pakistani players so he has an idea about their strengths and weaknesses.
Kaleem Sana

Canada pacer Kaleem Sana in action at T20 WC

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Pakistan are all set to face Canada in an important match of the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Tuesday.
After losing to both USA and India in their last two matches, the game against Canada is a must-win for Pakistan to stay alive in the tournament. The Babar Azam-led side will also hope to have other results in their favour in their group to keep them in contention.
Ahead of the important clash, Canadian fast bowler Kaleem Sana has said that he will aim to take wickets of Pakistani openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
Notably, the Pakistani-Canadian bowler is an old friend of Babar and has played cricket for several years in Pakistan along with the skipper till under-19.
"Since I bowl with the new ball, my targets will (obviously) be Rizwan and Babar," Sana told Geo News.
The 30-year-old Sana said he has played with Pakistani players so he has an idea about their strengths and weaknesses.
"When I got selected for the Pakistan U-19 team in 2009, it felt great. Even during U-19 days, it was my dream to play for Pakistan’s national team," he added.
The Canadian pacer also revealed that he played cricket with Babar for eight years since under-16 days and he was selected for the U-19 World Cup team in 2010.
"Babar was in the rival team, while I played my last first-class match in Pakistan," Sana said, adding that though he was born and raised in Pakistan, he was a Canadian player now.
According to Sana, the support of his family and friends living in Pakistan would be divided in the Pakistan-Canada match as his family members would support the pacer but would like Pakistan to win the match.
Having overcome Ireland by 12 runs to register their maiden win in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Saad Bin Zafar-led Canada would be fancying their chances against Pakistan.
Canadian batter Aaron Johnson said that Pakistani players are very skilled but they will look to use the New York pitch to their advantage.
"I think they (Pakistani players) are very skilled players. Most of these guys have been going around the world playing league cricket, not only international cricket, so their skills are there. But if you're looking for an opportunity, you have to relish these moments," said Johnson.
"So, I believe the fact that the wicket is playing some tricks, it levels the playing field for us, and we're looking to use that to our advantage," he added.
Notably, Pakistan and Canada have faced each other only once in the T20 format way back in 2008, where the Men in Green emerged victorious by 35 runs.
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