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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pakistan should improve in fielding, keeping: Imran Khan

 Pakistan team should improve fielding, wicketkeeping apart from putting their best batsmen upfront for better result in semifinals of Cricket World Cup (CWC), former captain Imran Khan said. “We are still lacking in fielding and dropped a few catches and Kamran Akmal missed a stumping against the West Indies,” he told a private TV Channel on Wednesday evening.
He reiterated that Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-haq should bat at number three and four spot.
He said such mistakes will be fatal in the semifinals and Pakistan team management must work on these gray areas.          
“We cannot afford these mistakes against tougher opponents in semifinal orfinal,”Imran Khan said.
He praised Pakistan spinners Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Muhammad Hafeez for their outstanding bowling which brought an easy win for Pakistan.
However, he, asked Pakistan team not to celebrate victory in big fashion and plan strategy for the semifinal.
Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to triumph in 1992 World Cup in Melbourne, maintained that express fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who had announced his retirements from all form of cricket should have played against West Indies.
Another former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif showered praised on the team for their an emphatic win which put them in the semifinals, he told APP.
“Pakistan team was definitely at its brilliant best when they crushed the West Indies. Our batting and bowling clicked well,” he added.
However, he said, that tougher times are ahead for Pakistan team in the semifinal. He said West Indies were not a tougher opponents but semifinal will be a big challenging task for Pakistan team. 
He asked the team management to work on the gray areas and fielding and keeping should be improved plus batting.
“Our batting must click for better display in the next game,” Rashid Latif, who played as keeper in 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
A member of 1992 World Cup winning team and ex-captain Moin Khan said he delighted with fine display of Pakistan team on Pakistan Day.
“Its my wish and pray that Pakistan team should win the World Cup again,” he said.
Former left arm spinner and Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim said a great task lied ahead of Pakistan in the semifinals.    
“From now on it will be tough battle for the title and team making fewer mistake and execute plan in better way will emerge winner,” he said.
“Its good to see Pakistan living upto its to reputation against West Indies in the quarterfinal. It will be very tough games in semifinals with four best teams in action”, he noted.
Jalaluddin w,ho had the honor of performing the first hat-trick against Australia at Hyderabad said Pakistan should forget the easy win against West Indies and instead workout plan for all important pre-final.
He said if Pakistan was unable to hold its chances and repeated the mistakes it could be dangerous for the team.
“We needed to overcome most of the problems in order to reach the final,” he pointed.
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