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Hafeez sees tough challenge for Pakistan


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Pakistan’s cricket team during a training session in Abbottabad. -Photo courtesy: PCB
Pakistan’s cricket team during a training session in Abbottabad. -Photo courtesy: PCB

ABBOTTABAD: Pakistan vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez predicted on Sunday a tough campaign for his team in next month’s Champions Trophy in England.

Addressing a news conference on Tuesday on the third day of the training-cum-conditioning camp at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, all-rounder Hafeez, who is also the national Twenty20 captain, said Pakistan are eying a good performance in the upcoming event.

Hafeez said that the squad picked for the competition is a mixture of seniors and juniors, adding that the boys are lucky to have services of the batting legend like Javed Miandad whose efforts in the ongoing camp would surely help.

“We have been quite unlucky as we haven’t been able to play in home conditions for the last four years. But despite all odds we have maintained a reasonable ratio of success,” he said.

Talking about the ongoing camp, Hafeez termed the weather conditions in Abbottabad both ideal and more England-like, saying that the team really needed such conditions.

“The next three days are more crucial for the team as the boys really needed to work on their weaknesses in these three days,” Hafeez commented.

He further said that the outfield here is quite fast and helped fielders take long sprints, adding that every member of the team is in high spirits and eager to perform well in the Champions Trophy.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, meanwhile, was all praise for the team’s bowling attack particularly the spin department, saying: “Our side as well as most of the contenders are relying on spin bowlers.”

“We will exhibit high quality of spin bowling and the national team could do even better in presence of [ace off-spinner] Saeed Ajmal,” claimed the 33-year-old spinner.

Satisfied with the weather conditions here, Rehman said that training in Abbottabad is very different from any other city as conditions here are very conducive for working on both spin and fast bowling.

He also said that the ongoing camp will help players in getting acclimatised in England.

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Dilawer May 06, 2013 09:02pm

Just 4 days training will not make any dent. How is it any different than the 2 or three warm up games in England. This is all bunch of you know what. This is just a PR stunt and a way to burn money by PCB. If they are sincere than they can build a stadium in places like Abbottabad. They can have longer sessions and that is the real training. There is no need to any distractions like press conferences. Let the performance speak for itself. Keep these session News free. The world laughs at the training specially when the abysmal performance follows.

milind May 06, 2013 09:35pm
Off course i aree on his point but one more scapegoat for pakistani board
Khan Baba May 07, 2013 03:41am
Weren't Afridi and Gul tails my friend?
Burki May 06, 2013 05:24pm
>>"We have been quite unlucky as we haven
rameez afridi May 06, 2013 06:59pm
afridi was much better then malik,imran farhat and kamran is all about politics now....worst squat ever seen...i dont think so if they can win from scoltland and ireland as well
Rogers Evans May 06, 2013 10:21am
Good luck ! But you are coming back home after third defeat in group.
kashif May 06, 2013 08:17am
Every simple task is tough. If you don't perform.....
ahmed2030 May 06, 2013 04:25pm
Fully agreed about Kamran Akmal and Farhat. But tail would be longer WITH GUL the most useless tail ender. He should bat at number 10.
ahmed2030 May 06, 2013 04:24pm
When a totally worthless batsmen like Hafeez is the opener and vice captain. I agree he is a useful bowler, but he should bat at number 7 or 8. Thats what his batting is worth.
Rehan May 06, 2013 11:13am
Cricket is a funny game. So are you!
ABL May 06, 2013 12:09pm
The tournament is tough! All matches are crucial. Considering batting as our weakest link, sound batting strategy is required in accordance to playing conditions and pitches prepared. This means that touring management team will require to plan batting strategy well. Secondly,we assume that with considerable practice in Abbottabad, the players are practicing and willing to dive to save runs and produce good quality fielding. Good Luck!!
Fen May 06, 2013 03:47pm
Not sure why you guys chasing Imran Farhat and Malik.Both have won games for Pakistan in South Africa where even Australian team was bundled out for less than 50 twice in last series.Even Indian team batting has been fragile overseas.You don't 11 batsman to success in One day.You need quality batsman and bowlers who can deliver.Please don't forget that Pakistan is playing all its matches on foreign soil and most of current team are masters of their own ground.
Muba Khan May 06, 2013 01:07pm
what good is you wish when you've already accepted the outcome..way to think positive..
Ahmed Faraz Bhatti May 06, 2013 03:42pm
I don't know why every one keeps on blaming our team. At least give them something positive from your side and for the one who doesn't like our team don't comment. go and praise other teams. That's your job. Good Luck Team Pakistan.
Sali May 06, 2013 01:52pm
No chance when you select players like Imran Farhat, Shoib Malik and Kamran Akmal ahead of many deserving players who should have been introduced earlier. Tail will be very long without Afridi and Gul.
Raj May 07, 2013 11:59am
Hafeez and Misbha got scared after seeing record breaking towering six sailing out of Ground falling out of grround and Misbha and Hafeez thought afridi is big danger for their position in team if he stays in champions trophy he will make one more record and of hard hitting and superb balling....BOOM U r a legend
danish May 07, 2013 06:11pm
hafeez is probably the reason why we beated india, he is also one of the few rare players who everyone knows that play for the country not for success, i hardly seen hafeez in any kind of advert but i see afridi in adverts everywhere, batting problems? he isnt perfect but pakistan doesnt really have a perfect batsman and if you saying batting average then azhar ali has an amazing batting average of around 40 and nowadays he cant do jack shit for the national team. you are judging him for the past 9 years, maybe you should realise that he improved as a player so judge him for the last year and you will see how much he done for the country. india was only defeated because his amazing efford, i can bet u anyhing that if he didnt play then the whole team moral nd game expression wud had been totally different nd win a single match against india would had been mission impossible 4 lol