Pakistan looking for home series win
Pakistan are aiming for their first home series win in five years when they take on Bangladesh in the second Test starting Wednesday in the northwestern border city of Peshawar.Updated: Aug 26, 2003 20:22 IST
Pakistan are aiming for their first home series win in five years when they take on Bangladesh in the second Test starting Wednesday in the northwestern border city of Peshawar.
Once invincible in their own backyard, Pakistan have not won a series on home turf since whitewashing the West Indies in the 1997-98 season.
"We are heading in the right direction," Pakistan's captain Rashid Latif said on the eve of play.
"What happened in the past is past, and now the young team is progressing well as we aim to build for the future."
Pakistan lost four home series to Australia, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and England. Their first round exit from this year's World Cup prompted cricket authorities to induct young blood.
Latif pinned the team's hopes on new batting star Yasir Hameed, who debuted in the opening test in Karachi last week with a century in each innings.
"We have found a good middle order batsman in Yasir Hameed to supplement the middle order batting," he said.
The twin centuries by Hameed, 25, led Pakistan to a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh.
Both sides had to battle oppressive monsoon heat and humidity at a venue where Pakistan has lost two of its past three Tests.
"Conditions are tough but they should bring out the best from the tough," Latif said.
"Bowling long spells would be difficult. We hope to put up a big total and dictate the terms."
He hinted that the same 11 would be retained for the second Test.
Dave Whatmore, the Bangladeshis' Australian coach, saw signs of improvement within his team's loss in Karachi.
"I hope the boys build further on that," said Whatmore, who played seven Tests for Australia and coached Sri Lanka before joining Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, Test cricket's 10th and newest nation, have lost 21 of their 22 Tests with one rained-off draw against Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh is likely to bring on youthful batsman Mohammad Ashraful and pacer Manjurul Islam in place of Sanwar Hossain and Tapash Baisya.
Pakistan: Rashid Latif (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umer, Yasir Hameed, Inzamam-ul Haq, Yousuf Youhana, Misbahul Haq, Shoaib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed, Danish Kaneria, Umer Gul, Shoaib Malik
Bangladesh: Khaled Mahmud (captain), Hanan Sarkar, Javed Omar, Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Ashraful, Sanwar Hossain, Razin Saleh, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Murtaza, Manjurul Islam, Alamgir Kabir, Tapash Baisya
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WIS) and Russell Tifin (ZIM)
TV umpire: Asad Rauf (PAK)
Match referee: Mike Procter (RSA)
First Published: Aug 26, 2003 20:22 IST