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Pakistan vows to beat Zimbabwe for Waqar


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Misbah-ul-Haq speaks during a press conference in Lahore.- AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq Thursday said he hoped his team would put on a winning performance against Zimbabwe to give outgoing coach Waqar Younis a befitting farewell.

The new-look team left for Zimbabwe after Waqar announced he will step down as head coach following the 24-day tour due to health problems.

“We were shocked by the sudden announcement of him leaving after the tour, but we all respect that and want to do well and win the coming series for the coach,” Misbah told AFP.

Pakistan will open the tour on Sunday with a two-day practice match in Bulawayo before the only Test of the trip, at the same venue, starts on September 1.

The team will also play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches.

Misbah said the young players were ready to make their mark.

“All the players have performed well at the domestic level and were selected on merit so they are fully committed to take their chances and contribute in team's performance,” he said.

Pakistan are resting frontline pacemen Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul, and have dropped fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed, but Misbah denied the team lacked experience.

“We have some promising fast bowlers, with Sohail Tanveer staging a comeback and I am sure all these bowlers will try their level best to help Pakistan come out victorious on the tour,” said Misbah.

He also praised Zimbabwe's recent performances against Bangladesh after their recent Test win and 3-2 victory in the one-day series.

“We are aware of their progress and cannot take them lightly, more so after their wins against Bangladesh,” Misbah said.

Speaking at the airport before the team left, Waqar appeared upbeat.

“We have prepared well for the tour and all the players are eager to make their marks at the international level, so I am sure the series will produce good results for us,” he said.

Former captain Shoaib Malik also joined the team after being cleared by an Integrity Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board over allegations of illegal earnings.

Waqar said the inclusion of Malik, who has not played for Pakistan since last year's tour of England, has strengthened the team.

“Malik is an experienced player and I hope he will take this opportunity to cement his place in the team,” he said.

Comments (14) Closed

Ali Aug 25, 2011 05:43pm
lol. I wish it was India or England rather Zimbabwe!
Mansur Khan Aug 25, 2011 07:28pm
With these average new players it is better to play against Zimbabawe so we can find out the above average ones then take on England. Shoaib Malik is not a test player only good for T20
rouhan Aug 25, 2011 08:46pm
i wish for Pakistan 2 win.
Saad Aug 25, 2011 09:32pm
This is exactly what Waqar deserves, a winning performance against Zimbabwe!
Zehra Aug 25, 2011 09:34pm
I wish they could have claimed to beat a stronger team, such as England and South AFrica! Waqar Younis deserved more than that!
tausif Aug 25, 2011 09:44pm
please bring back shahid afridi for the upcoming matches .....bcz der is lots of talent left in him ....
Akhan Aug 25, 2011 09:47pm
This is so sad. Pakistan's cricket team reduced to beating Zimbabwe as a befitting send off for their coach. Why don't they beat someone to get rid of Ijaz Butt ?
sami Aug 25, 2011 10:19pm
Off course they are ready to beat Zimbabwe cz they work pretty hard for that tour but Pakistani team is also very caring & kind hard,when they surprised you by getting completely knocked by a fresh team & let them excel in international ranking above them.
imran Aug 25, 2011 11:31pm
let the youngster give the chance to see because after all,all the legends came from the same root as the youngster is giving chance now. Remember country comes first then your own personality.Make us proud and go from there...To be continued...
impala Aug 26, 2011 06:05am
India? Obviously you have not been watching them play in England? They are still at the cleaners!
Ali Wadood Aug 26, 2011 02:35pm
Let us start playing cricket on the net, with national teams.
alex nago Aug 27, 2011 08:14pm
for zim we would have wanted a strong pakistan to test how far zim has improved. I dont think zim can beat pakistan but there will definately be surprises for them. Guys they have never seen
Humair Aug 30, 2011 08:24am
I think Pakistan is in for a surprise against the Zimbabweans. I saw the highlights of the Zim-Ban series, and the team though inexperienced, seems very committed. Pakistan has already taken them lightly just by who they have selected for the series. The bowling looks extremely weak.
Ajay Aug 30, 2011 03:20pm
I thought winning against Zim was default.....did i really read "Pakistan vows to beat Zimbabwe for Waqar"