KARACHI (APP) - Newly-installed Pakistan skipper Younis Khan is looking upbeat for the two-test-match series against Sri Lanka starting here from February 21. "We are well-equipped and prepared to perform under all kinds of conditions," he said on Friday. "We need the backing of the nation and the media and we are capable of delivering for the country," he added. "We are capable of adjusting on all kinds of surfaces and not bothered by preparations of the tracks for the series," he pointed out. However, he said our curators should not be misled by nature of pitches themselves like in the test series against South Africa two years ago. "We got the right combination and if we gelled and everyone contributed to their potential we can topple Sri Lanka, " beaming and positive 31-year-old dashing batsman Younis, who has scored 4816 runs in 58 test matches at a respectable average of 49.14, said. "I know my job and feel under no pressure to excel as captain and as well as to play my role as a batsman. My team is in the right frame of mind for the upcoming challenge," he said. He said he wanted to build the team and make it a strong and winning combination to match the side fielded by Imran Khan. "I am not afraid of defeat and all I want to see is that my team plays to the best of their ability without fearing for the results. Winning and losing are part of the game but boys must fight it to the core," he added. He said Sri Lankans are more experienced side as compared to Pakistan but they were not unduly worried about their batting or bowling strength. "My mission as a captain is to get the best out of the team," he stressed. He said final shape of 15-member squad will be known after the two-day game between Patrons XI and Sri Lanka. "The morale in Lankan camp must be low after their 4-1 loss to India in ODI series. I know one-day cricket is different ball game but it could carry its impact in test matches," Younis added. He said Pakistan got an experienced opener in Salman Butt with newcomers Nasir Jamshed and Khurram Manzoor, who are yet to make their test debut, but both are talented openers. "We definitely want improvement in opening department and I hope for positive results. He said they may go for left right combination for the openers. "We got good options in pace attack with Umer Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Yasir Arafat with good back-up," he said. He defended keeping the team away from the National Stadium by holding team's short training camp at Quaid-e-Azam Park, Steel Township. He said presence of growing number of the mediapersons at the ground make it difficult for players to remain fully focused during the match. "We want some privacy to fully focus on the training to prepare for the series before making ourselves available to the media before the test match," he said. He hoped that media will fully realize the situation and help him in this regard. Secretary Bajwa named manager for Asia Cup PHF appoints Shahid as senior team coach OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - The Pakistan Hockey Federation has appointed Olympian Shahid Ali Khan as new coach of the national team while Secretary PHF Asif Bajwa will act as the team manager during the upcoming Asia Cup. Addressing media after presiding over the PHF Executive Board meeting here at the National Hockey Stadium on Friday, PHF President Qasim Zia said that the PHF executive board has unanimously reached the decision to appoint Shahid as the coach. He expressed his hope that he would be able to make a winning combination for the Asia Cup. "We had announced Ayaz Mehmood as the coach but he could not get permission from his employer PIA so we have to take the decision to appoint new coach to run the senior team camp," Qasim added. He said that the selection committee had made a commendable job to observe the players in all matches of the recently concluded National Hockey Championship and picked 30 capable players including four senior players Sohail Abbas, Rehan Butt, Wasim Ahmad and Salman Akbar but they have their contract with Dutch clubs to play league hockey there. "We have asked the players to get permission from their clubs to join the camp of the national team at least three weeks prior to the Asia Cup while requested the selection committee to add six players who attended the camp for Olympics team," he opined. He maintained that the players had signed their contract earlier but now onward, the PHF has made clear to all the players that they would have to choose to play for the clubs or for the national team. Talking about the central contract of the players, Qasim said that they had not reached a final decision at the moment but would observe their performances before announcing the contract. Commenting on the appointment of Asif Bajwa as team manger, Qasim said that he would also remain the secretary while look after the team management in addition to his duties and there was nothing wrong in it. "Asif was not ready but the executive board has asked him to take over as the manager," Qasim maintained. To a question on the foreign consultant, Qasim said that Tazelaar has been busy with the academies in different cities and the PHF has succeeded for the first time in preparing a coaching manual to provide uniform coaching across the country. Meanwhile, newly-appointed coach Shahid Ali Khan said that he had taken the responsibility as a challenge. He added that they would try their best to win the Asia Cup and qualify to play the World Cup. "I will not compromise on fitness and discipline among the players during national team's probable camp," he added. "I believe that the senior players can make a difference in the team but their absence will make the team a bit week while we will go all out to make a strong combination," Shahid concluded.