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England captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed Ben Stokes is likely to bowl against Bangladesh in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy. The number of matches played in 2000-09 stands at 40. When I was the Team Director, I used to have a lot of faith in Shikhar's game.

The BCCI, however, have failed to adhere to the MoU thus far and made it clear that they will not restore relations with the PCB until they get clearance to do so from the government. "I think it could be the most competitive games you could be part of before something like Champions Trophy". For India, while Rahul Dravid has the best individual score in batting against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy, for Pakistan, Shoaib Malik has the best batting figures.

India will play their next two matches at The Oval in London, against the Lankans on June 8 and then South Africa on June 11. There's a bit of swing and immediately things change and you can see the way the game progresses.

But it was also an indication of how Bangladesh were more than just a team to be respected in sub-continental conditions, something they emphasised with wins over New Zealand and Ireland in a triangular warm-up tournament in Dublin this month. Of the 132 ODIs that India and Pakistan have played, India has only won 51 of them, pegging the ratio of victory at 41.7%. Bangladesh's ODI performances mean they are now ranked the sixth best ODI team in the world and they have beaten two of their group opponents, England and New Zealand, in recent times. Even Dinesh (Karthik) used the opportunity against Bangladesh. Even though the conditions may not assist them, the two are skillful. I am very impressed with the way Shikhar Dhawan batted in both the matches. When you are play against Pakistan, it is important to remove the distractions from the mind. He is an aggressive player, he has confidence and you should also encourage such players. Earlier I wanted Pakistan to win but now it is India. When asked about the importance of the tournament Laxman differed from his former teammate's comment. He's been very good when he's come in. - England captain Morgan reflects on his side's disappointing display at Lord's on Monday in their final match ahead of the tournament.

With a few players emerging from a disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign and injuries, defending champions India, who have unmatched pedigree on paper, are all set to defend their title in the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales from June 1-18.

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