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Cricket

Pakistan playing like India of '90s: Salim Malik
PTI
Karachi, September 17, 2013
First Published: 13:25 IST(17/9/2013)
Last Updated: 13:43 IST(17/9/2013)

Pakistan's former captain Salim Malik, who is serving a life ban for match-fixing, has come out of hibernation to lambast the current national team by comparing it to the Indian side of the '90s which, according to him, "didn't play as a unit."

Malik, who has rarely made any media appearances or statements since the justice Qayyum inquiry commission recommended a life ban on him in 2000, said he was very disappointed with the national team's performance in Zimbabwe.

"The sad part is that today our players are playing the same way that the Indian players played against us in the 80s and 90s," Malik said on 'Geo Super' channel.

"I recall that in the '80s when we were winning against India we always felt that most of their players didn't play as a unit and were just interested in scoring 30 to 40 runs and securing their places for the next match. That is why they struggled against us," Malik claimed.

"Unfortunately today we are facing a similar position in Pakistan cricket. What I see is that most of our players are only interested in scoring a few runs and making sure they are in the team for the next match. I don't see our players performing as a unit and cricket is a team game and only when 11 players combine then you win.

"In Pakistan this is not happening. We are not playing as a unit and I don't see the will to win as a team," he added.

Malik said the present Pakistan team lacked the will and pride to do well.

"They are playing very defensively and lack aggression. To make matters worse they are making basic mistakes. When there is a ball to sweep they play it straight and when the ball is not there to sweep they try to reverse sweep," he added.


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