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'Beating Pakistan at home will be a challenge for India'

Published Jan 09, 2013 01:02pm


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"If we beat them in their own backyard then it will pose a challenge for them to win in Pakistan." -File photo by AP

KARACHI: Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that India will not find it easy to beat Pakistan at home, after his side clinched the three-match one-day international series 2-1 and drew the Twenty20 series 1-1 in India.

Pakistan and India resumed bilateral series after five years. Cricket ties between the two countries were suspended after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Ajmal, who recorded his career best figures of 24-5 in the third and final ODI in New Delhi, said that it will be a challenge for India to win in Pakistan.

“We looked at it (the series in India) as a challenge. We felt if we beat them in their own backyard then it will pose a challenge for them to come and try to win in Pakistan. I hope this happens soon,” Ajmal said.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf, who also attended the ODI series, said he was hopeful of India’s return tour to Pakistan this year and denied reports that India has refused to play in Pakistan.

No foreign team has toured Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore in 2009 and Pakistan has played its “home” series mainly in the United Arab Emirates.

“Cricket diplomacy is going on with India,” he said. “The day is not far when India too will come to Pakistan and I am quite hopeful.”

Brushing aside the man-of-the-match award snub, which went to India captain MS Dhoni for being the highest run-scorer for his side during the third ODI, Ajmal said he was not upset and was happy that Pakistan had done well in India.

“I am used to these things. Remember I even didn't get the ICC award. For me the biggest reward was to see our team do well in India,” he said.

Ajmal credited team unity and hard work for Pakistan’s series win, adding that his performance had boosted his confidence.

"That was our simple formula for success. We were positive all the time. We desperately wanted to complete a clean sweep in the ODI series unfortunately this didn't happen," he said.


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Janjuah Jan 10, 2013 09:27am
I agree with all of my neigbouring brothers regarding the security conditions ... but one thing must be appreciated about Pakistani team for keeping their spirit alive despite the fact that they are the team of a country where International cricket is almost dying, terrorism is at peak, many people want to leave the country because of corrupt govt and the security issues, and finally the whole world wish to declare and have declared her a failure state.... I salute my crickters, hockey players, and other people fighting to survive.......
Mr.Cricket Jan 09, 2013 03:08pm
yes Mr.Ajmal, considering the current situation in pakistan, no touring team can come out alive .. forget beating :)
Adeeb Jan 09, 2013 03:20pm
"For me the biggest reward was to see our team do well in India". Love this guy.
Dawn Jan 09, 2013 05:01pm
No one wants to come and play in Pakistan anyway. First fix your security situation; before dreaming of winning games on home soil. Sorry for being blunt; but the facts have to be laid out in the open.
Iyaz Ali Jan 09, 2013 05:39pm
Its a challenge to stay alive in Pakistan about playing against Pakistan later. My god...who will dare enter Pakistan in the next 20 years.
shabbir ali Jan 09, 2013 06:49pm
with current situation , who is going to tour pakistan?
CricIsFake Jan 09, 2013 07:47pm
Saeed Ajmal, We salute you for what you have done for Pakistan in last few years.
CricIsFake Jan 09, 2013 07:54pm
I agree. Rather than trying to pressurise teams to come, we should be focusing on improving the security situation. Since attack on SL team, the security situation has deteriorated instead of improving so we would be shooting ourselves in foot by inviting teams at this stage. God forbid, any mishap may isolate us for a lonnnnnng time. Having said that, our board should be strong enough to fight for the series to be held at neutral venues of its own choice. The number of test matches we played in 2012 was a joke.
james Jan 09, 2013 08:54pm
You better take care of your rapists.
muhammad Jan 09, 2013 09:20pm
first ur team learn how to play & win series in home ground then think to come other country & play, then u ask like this question, ok
J.Sandhu Jan 09, 2013 09:44pm
I cant see any matches in this century atleast, and with congress destined never to come into power ever again, I dont think India will play Pakistan ever again.
kee kenda Jan 09, 2013 10:04pm
to visit pakistan is even bigger challenge!!!!!!!!!!
no ball Jan 09, 2013 10:54pm
i agree we should first fix the security situation in pakistan and then with confidence call out to the rest of world to come and play in pakistan even if it takes another couple of years God forebit if sucn an attack happens again then say good bye to int sport in pakistan look , we have done very well in the past 3 years with no international cricket on home soil instead of persuading other teams to visit pakistan zaka asraf should pay attention to pakistan's domestic cricket and make sure our cricket talent is not waisted the best example is to look at they kept their domestic cricket structure on high note we can do better then them with some time on our hands
Gautam Jan 09, 2013 11:12pm
Blah...Blah. Who wants to go to Pakistan? Given a chance, most Pakistanis would rather be somewhere else.
John Jan 10, 2013 12:50am
Nice try Ajmal... lol
Janjuah Jan 10, 2013 12:38pm
Thats why they are not brave enough to take this challenge
Kashif Jan 10, 2013 04:17am
Never mind, if not at home we are beating sides overseas and some of them are unduly rated higher.
Habib Zaman Jan 10, 2013 06:32am
I wish Indian friends could change their mind soon as we here in Pakistan did and accepted them as Nationals in the World. Only positive thinking and positive approach could change the situation. I hope Indians would understand there are problems everywhere. We are having hard time but we will rise and shine InshaAllah. Come on India shake hands and go forward together change the old mindset...
anil Jan 10, 2013 07:09am
Really , it's a challenge to even play in pakistan...
om trivedi Jan 10, 2013 09:52am
not this time but i am sure that we will win when we go to pakistan