Champions Trophy: No Kohli-Junaid battle in Birmingham

<p>London [UK], June 3 (<a href="http://www.aninews.in" target="_blank">ANI</a>): Fans across both India and Pakistan would not be able to enjoy a small yet intriguing battle between Virat Kohli and Junaid Khan as the left-arm pacer has not been included in the 12-men Pakistan squad for the high-octane Champions trophy clash to be played at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Sunday.</p><p>Junaid and Kohli have faced-off quite a few times in the past and the Indian star has managed to score just 2 runs off 22 balls in ODIs. While Junaid has also dismissed Kohli three times and has also bowled 21 dot balls in the 50-over format.</p><p>And thus, his exclusion from the playing XI does surprise everyone.</p><p>However, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed defended his decision of excluding the left-arm pacer on the eve of the match, saying, "It was four-five years ago that Junaid dismissed Kohli. But those conditions were different. But what has suited us, according to that we have picked our top 12."</p><p>"We have chosen our players keeping in mind the best playing XI we can have for tomorrow's game. And I am sure the bowlers that are going to play tomorrow's game will come out with a good performance and will take Kohli's wicket," he added.</p><p>Head coach Mickey Arthur along with Sarfraz announced a 12-men squad for the much anticipated encounter.</p><p>"Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Fakhar Zaman will not be part of the team," said Arthur on the eve of the match.</p><p>The South African coach further said that decision on Fahim Ashraf and Shadab Khan will be made tomorrow, after having a look at the wicket.</p><p>He further said that there are chances of Fahim being preferred over Shadab after looking at the wicket.</p><p>Pakistan's 12-men squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shahzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.</p><p>India squads: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. (<a href="http://www.aninews.in" target="_blank">ANI</a>)</p>

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