Karachi: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is all geared up for the upcoming Champions Trophy clash against India. He said that any encounter between the traditional rivals on the cricketing field is "always very special".

Hafeez told Pakistani reporters in Ireland, where the team is preparing for a One-Day series against the hosts, that the players were eagerly awaiting for the match against India as it would also determine their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage of the tournament.

Pakistan and India will clash on June 15 at Edgbaston in one of the most awaited fixtures of the ICC event. "A match against India is always very special and as usual we are awaiting for the match. But we will be trying to to play every game in the tournament in the same manner and with same passion," Hafeez, who is Pakistan's T20 captain, said.

"The match against India should be electric and I always enjoy playing against India because the atmosphere is different and the environment is charged. Both the teams give more than 100 percent to do well," he added.

He said he was expecting a exciting clash against India in the Champions Trophy and it would be a different experience playing in English conditions. Hafeez said the good thing about the present Pakistan team was that most of the players had previously played in England either in league or county cricket or for the national team.

(Agencies)

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