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‘We will go with a positive attitude’

Shoaib Malik says, "we have learnt a lot from the series against SA and we will not go to India with any negative thoughts."

cricket Updated: Oct 31, 2007 14:33 IST

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik said losing the Test and one-day series to South Africa was disappointing but his team will not let the debacle occupy their minds when they take on India next week.

“I do not think we will go to India with any negative thoughts in our mind,” Malik said. “Our players are capable of handling pressure.

“The Indian tour is going to be a challenging one as they are also rebuilding their team. But we have learnt a lot from the series against South Africa and we do not go there with any negative thoughts in our mind,” he added.

Pakistan lost the final and deciding ODI by 14 runs while chasing a target of 234 runs after being 199 for four at one stage on Monday.

The skipper, however, refused to blame anyone for the defeat and backed his players. “I know we tried hard but you have to give their bowlers also some credit. I will not tell any player to stop playing his natural game but yes we just need to be responsible at times. We will continue to play positively in India as well.”

The return of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar to the team also brings smile on the face of the skipper as he described him as an asset for the team.

“He is a big asset for the team when he is fully fit and today he showed he is hungry for success by bowling very well despite making a comeback after such a long time. It is great to have Shoaib back for the Indian tour,” Malik said.

Pakistan Skipper also revealed the team management has decided to bring back experienced campaigners for the opening slots. “India is a pressure tour and crucial series for us, so we have to stick with those who have some experience. But after the Indian tour we will look at other options.”

First Published: Oct 31, 2007 02:25 IST