LAHORE - Pakistan Test team captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said that beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka is though tough task yet he is positive to beat the hosts at their home soil.
Talking to the reporters here at the 45th annual festival cricket match of Muslim Gymkhana here at Bagh-e-Jinnah ground Wednesday, Misbah said: “Yes, it’s true Sri Lankans are tough opponents and it’s difficult to beat them at their home grounds and we also had lost last two series against them, but we will try to perform well and utilize all our skills and powers to win the series against them.”
About Ahmed Shehzad;s return to Test squad, Misbah termed the decision right and said: “Ahmed Shehzad performed well and gave consistent performances therefore he has made comeback. I hope he will deliver and help the team register crucial victories.”
To a query regarding dropping Saeed Ajmal for Sri Lanka series, the Test skipper said: “We have been missing Saeed Ajmal’s services as he is world’s best bowler but due to his remodeled action, he is struggling and therefore, the selectors might not consider him in the Test squad. Now we have to perform with the given lot and we will try to get results from this given lot. “I hope our performance against Sri Lanka will be good and we will manage to score win.”
Former captain Inzamamul said: “There is not much difference between our and Sri Lankan conditions but the one who will perform and deliver will record victories. But our players have to put some extra effort if they want to win the series.”
“The team management must be given time to prove their worth. One year of the current management has gone and till the end of next year, their performance will be clear. If they managed to give good results, the PCB should carry on with them, otherwise, they must be replaced with better ones with immediate effect.”
Stressing the need of improving domestic structure, Inzi said: “Until we improve our domestic infrastructure, we can’t get quality players and as soon as the board improves it, everyone will see, the quality players will start emerging and there will be no dearth of talented players to replace the current national players.”
Ahmed Shehzad thanked the selectors for including him in the Test squad and assured them that he would try his best play well and do well for the team and country. “I played well throughout 2014 and will try my best to make this year remarkable too with my performances. I will disappoint the selectors and nation and perform exceptionally well.”