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Morale of side down after SA defeat: Zaheer Abbas

Pakistan's legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas feels that the morale of the Pakistani team has dampened after the recent home series defeat to South Africa.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Karachi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2007 02:50 PM IST

Pakistan's former captain Zaheer Abbas believes the disappointing Test and one-day series loss to South Africa at home has dented the morale of the side ahead of the tour to India.

Abbas added that he was devastated with the manner in which Pakistan had lost the final one-day international to South Africa on Monday.

"We had a wonderful opportunity to win the match and series and get a big stepping stone for the India series. But the players displayed a non-serious attitude," he claimed.

"It was like our players handing over the match to South Africa from a winning position on a platter," he said.

Zaheer, also known as the 'Asian Bradman' for his scoring feats said the players would now have to work very hard to get over the defeat and perform in India.

Zaheer said the board now needs to consider that despite the team being coached by foreigners in the last eight years, there had been no real change in their performances or attitude towards the game.

Former Pakistan captain, Javed Miandad also lashed out at the selectors for not having the courage to try out new players and depend on the same old lot for the tour to India.

Miandad said the inconsistent selection policies of the selection committee had led to the defeats to South Africa and were bringing cricket at par with hockey.

"The selectors have repeatedly been trying the same players who have failed to fulfill the expectations of the nation."

The former Pakistan coach said India would start off as favourites for the one day and Test series.

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