We’ll try to win all matches against Zimbabwe: Shoaib Malik

Friday, January 18, 2008

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said Friday that this is not necessary to make a clean sweep against Zimbabwe but we would try to win all matches of the series.

The captains of Pakistan and Zimbabwe attended the cup unveiling ceremony of the five-match one-day series between the two countries. The ceremony was organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board at a local hotel.

Shoaib Malik said that the series against minnows Zimbabwe would help him identify new talent before facing the real test against world champions Australia.

"Before we face Australia, this series against Zimbawbe will give us a chance to test a few youngsters so that we can identify talent,"
Malik told reporters in the Cup unveiling ceremony ahead of Monday's first match here.

Pakistan named three uncapped players -- opener Nasir Jamshed, paceman Samiullah Niazi and all-rounder Kamran Hussain -- in their 15-man squad announced for the first two matches.

The 18-year-old Jamshed hit a brilliant 182, while Niazi took five wickets in an innings and 34-run win for the Patron's XI against Zimbabwe in a four-day match which ended here on Thursday.

Pakistan also take on Australia in three Tests and five one-day internationals in two months time, a series still hanging in the balance over security fears in the Asian country.

Malik, who has regained fitness after suffering an ankle injury during last month's tour of India, said his team would not take Zimbabwe lightly.

"Zimbabwe have done well in the recent past, having beaten Australia in the Twenty20 World Cup (in South Africa last year) and won a match against the West Indies (at home in November) so we are not underestimating them,"
said Malik.

Pakistan will be without pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar who has been dropped for lack of fitness, Mohammad Asif, who is recovering from an elbow operation, and Umar Gul, who is suffering from back trouble.

Malik's counterpart, Prosper Utseya, hoped his team would lift itself after defeat in the tour opener.

"We didn't play to the best of our abilities in the four-day match but one-day cricket will be different and I hope our experience will come good,"
said Utseya who missed the opening game because of an ankle injury from which he has now recovered.

Utseya said his team will have an opportunity as Pakistan try out some youngsters.

"Obviously Pakistan will not have some experienced bowlers and it may give us an opportunity to win,"
said Utseya.

2 Responses to "We’ll try to win all matches against Zimbabwe: Shoaib Malik"

Anonymous Says:

Hey, I ws wondering if you could tell me who is showing the pakistan-zimbabwe and pakistan-austrailia matches.


Another cricket supporter

S. M. Faisal Says:

Ten Sports & ARY Digitals have the rights of Pakistan & Zimbabwe series, while the rights of Australia tour to Pakistan are yet to be decided

Will Pakistan Premier League gain success just like Indian Premier League ?