LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director General Javed Miandad has urged the players of the national team to set aside the sour memories of a cleansweep by the South Africa in the Test series to take a fresh start in the Twenty20 and one-day series.

“What happened in the Test series is now a saga of past and it is right time to look at the Twenty20 and one-day matches with a renewed pledge to atone for previous mistakes,” Miandad told the reporters here on Thursday at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The former Test cricketer described the Twenty20 and one-day series ‘challenging’ for Pakistan team which badly needs success to lift the level of its performance after a dismal Test series.

“If the players stuck in the past they will not be able to perform in the coming series and they must look into tomorrow with a bright hope to come up with high quality performance to outshine their opponents in coming matches of T20 and one-day series.”

The PCB official pointed out that Pakistan team enjoys a fine run in the T20 and one-day series and now the stage has come to show consistency to maintain the flow of success.

He praised the players’ selection for reinforcing the team for Twenty20 and one-day series and the selectors have done a good job by sending experienced players rather trying out young players.

“It is not the right time to try new players as the team needs a success to regain its confidence and to re-establish its status as one of the world’s fine teams in T20 and one-day games,” he added.

Miandad strongly believes that Pakistan team will make a comeback in limited over games as the team is a combination of ‘talent and experience’. “I strongly feel that players will be eager to rise to the occasion. Every player should realize about his responsibilities in the team,” he said.

Regarding lack of interest of spectators in the recently-concluded final of Quaid-e-Azam trophy at Gaddafi Stadium, Minadad said televising the matches had restricted the crowd from the stadium. “It is a very sad situation as the final was played in an empty stadium because it was being show live on TV and another aspect to bring back crowd to domestic matches is to make the domestic events more tough and competitive,” he concluded.