ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan coach and chief selector Mohsin Hassan Khan wants the players to take each match of the Champions Trophy with the same passion as they play against India.  Talking to APP on Tuesday, former chief selector said the passion and aggression one sees in a Pak-India encounter, the same was needed in players against other teams. “Our target should be winning the Trophy.”

“West Indies and South Africa are both quality teams therefore Pakistan should not take them easy,” he said. Pakistan will play against West Indies on June 7 and on June 10 against South Africa.

Praising the national team for winning the warm-up match against South Africa, Mohsin said the bowlers outshined in the warm-up match. “Now the batsmen should also buckle-up their boots to hit massive totals in the Trophy,” he said.

Mohsin said he was worried about the lower middle order of the team. “Captain Misbahul Haq and head coach Dav Whatmore should wisely make the team combination varying the conditions of the pitches there,” he added. 

Talking about fielding, Mohsin said the national team should be focused on their fielding to a greater extent. “It is the area which if improved can help in winning matches with a smaller total as well,” he believed.

Khan said it was time senior batsmen including Misbah, M Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq and Kamran Akmal should play sensibly in the Trophy. “Good partnership start is expected from openers Nasir Jamshed and Imran Farhat,” he said. Mohsin, however, advised the captain and the head coach to go into the field with two to three game plans. “The more you plan the better you play,” he concluded.