Practice match with India not a crunch game: Hafeez

The Pakistan captain said they have the momentum, having thrashed Australia recently.

Hafeez chats with India captain MS Dhoni in Colombo September 15, 2012.

Pakistan's T20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez on Sunday downplayed the hype surrounding Monday's India-Pakistan practice match, saying that the warm up tie is not a crunch game. [ALSO SEE: Full Coverage - WT20 2012]

Speaking to ANI, the Pakistan skipper said, "It is not the crunch game. It's a game that we always take positively. It's a practice game, but we want to win the game."

"We have got good momentum, winning the series against Australia. It gave us the right momentum, and I am very confident that we will do well," Hafeez added.

Further, he congratulated Yuvraj Singh on his return to international cricket after his successful bout against a rare germ-cell cancer.

"I would like to congratulate Mr. Yuvraj Singh, for the way he recovered from his illness. On behalf of all Pakistan team, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the nation, I wish him very best of health," he said.

On being asked to comment on resumption of cricketing ties with India, Hafeez called it a "positive step that will bring the governments together."

MONDAY'S WARM-UP FIXTURES [see all]:

09:30 AM IST, NZ vs SA, Colts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo
09:30 AM IST, AUS vs ENG, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Colombo
09:30 AM IST, BAN vs IRE, Moors Sports Club Ground, Colombo
02:00 PM IST, IND vs PAK, R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
02:00 PM IST, AFG vs WI, P Sara Oval, Colombo

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