Miandad, Ijaz warn Pakistan of stern Lanka test
Pakistan are in for a tough battle against Sri Lanka in the forthcoming Test series despite their recent triumph in the Twenty20 World Cup, warned former players Javed Miandad and Ijaz Ahmed.cricket Updated: Jun 30, 2009 21:13 IST
Pakistan are in for a tough battle against Sri Lanka in the forthcoming Test series despite their recent triumph in the Twenty20 World Cup, warned former players Javed Miandad and Ijaz Ahmed.
"I think the amount of responsibility on our players to do well has now increased a lot after their World Cup triumph. They will have to play better than they did in the Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka to win the series," former Pakistan captain and coach Miandad said on Tuesday.
Miandad said from his experience of touring Sri Lanka as a player and coach, he could tell that Pakistan would face a tough challenge.
"The Sri Lankans are never an easy side to beat in their own backyard and they have some quality spinners," he said.
Miandad said captain Younis Khan and his players will have to bat with lot of application in Sri Lankan conditions to give the home side a run for their money.
"We have traditionally done well in Sri Lanka but in the past they had only Muttiah Muralitharan, now they have a good spinner in Ajantha Mendis as well," he said.
The former captain, who is also director-general cricket in the Pakistan Cricket Board, advised Younis and other players to focus hard and adjust quickly to Test cricket requirements.