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India and Pakistan set for showdown in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Rohit Sharma (left) and Babar Azam
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USA: One of the biggest games in cricket rolls up in New York on Sunday as India face Pakistan at the Men’s T20 World Cup.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Group A match, plus quotes from both camps, the opportunity to pick your winner and rank some T20 legends.

‘Cricket doesn’t get bigger than this’ – what both sides have said

During his pre-match press conference Pakistan coach Gary Kirsten, who has only been in the role since their tour of England started on 22 May, said “cricket doesn’t get bigger than this”.

“It’s great to be part of. I certainly see it as a massive privilege to be part of these games,” said Kirsten, who led India between 2008 and 2011.

“It’s going to be a great occasion and it’s been great being here in the United States.

“One of the privileges of being involved in cricket is being able to travel the world in the name of cricket and see different places.”

India captain Rohit Sharma was asked about how his players prepare mentally for the spectacle.

“A lot of these guys are quite experienced and the reason they are representing the country out of 1.4 billion people is because they are mentally tough,” he said.

“They are different from the rest who are sitting back home. They have everything with them. They are slightly more – I wouldn’t say skilled, but it’s more to do with how mentally they think about it.

“When you want to have success in international cricket, it is not going to be easy every time.

“These are the moments that you yourself as an individual want to be put in and test yourself.

“It’s the World Cup, so nothing can get bigger than this.”

When and where is India v Pakistan in the T20 World Cup?

India and Pakistan takes place on Sunday, 9 June in New York.

The two sides only play on neutral grounds and only in ICC events and Asia Cups because of political tensions between the two nations.

There are still some tickets available, external for the temporary 34,000-seat stadium, with prices ranging from $1,500-$10,000 (about £1,175-£7,850).

The venue has had pitches transported from Adelaide via Florida and has so far seen some underwhelming matches.

BBC Sport understands India have privately voiced their unhappiness with the unpredictable bounce and two-paced nature of the strips in Eisenhower Park amid worries over the safety of their batters.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has promised groundstaff will try to “remedy” ongoing problems with the drop-in pitches at its showcase ground in New York.

What time is India v Pakistan at the T20 World Cup?

The match starts at 15:30 BST in the UK.

That is 10:30 in New York, 20:00 in Delhi and 19:30 in Islamabad.