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Pak team gets a pat from Musharraf

cricket Updated: Sep 19, 2007 16:15 IST
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The Pakistan cricket team has been told by President Pervez Musharraf to keep up their hard work to continue the winning streak in the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.

Ehsan Malik, the media manager of the Pakistan team, on Wednesday said that Musharraf had called up captain Shoaib Malik and spoken to him.

"It was a nice gesture from the President and it has lifted the spirits of the players. He told Malik that it was good to see the new combination of new and senior players combining so well in the tournament," he said.

Musharraf's spokesman Major General Rashid Qureshi said the President had appreciated the spirited performance of the team which had made the country proud.

Musharraf is the chief patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board and an avid fan of the game.

When fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was recently sent back from South Africa on disciplinary grounds after he had a row with teammate Mohammad Asif, Musharraf had directed the board to ensure there was no compromise on discipline.

Musharraf had also lost his cool after Pakistan's dismal show in the last World Cup in March when the team was eliminated in the first round of the competition in the West Indies.

There was more good news for the Pakistani players after their win over Australia when the board also announced a cash prize of USD 10,000 for each of the players.

Ehsan Malik said the announcement was done to appreciate the hard work of the players.

The boys are happy because more than the reward it is the gesture that counts.