~~I~~m not fully fit, but want to play for my country~~

Published: Friday, September 13, 2002, 18:11 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya said on Thursday he was keen to play for his country despite being unfit for the opening match against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy here.

"I'm not hundred per cent fit. I still feel pain in the shoulder, but I thought I should play for my country," said Jayasuriya, who steered his team to an eight- wicket win with an impressive 102 not out. Jayasuriya dislocated his shoulder while fielding against South Africa in the Morocco Cup final at Tangiers last month. He was a doubtful starter till Wednesday before being declared fit on the morning of the match. "I think I shouldn't have bowled because I was feeling pain," said the Sri Lankan skipper, who bowled three overs for 15 runs. He said he did not think his team was under pressure after losing two wickets for 45 runs. "Pakistan has great fast bowlers, but I don't think we were under pressure at any stage of the game," he said. Pakistan captain Waqar Younis blamed batting for his team's defeat. "We batted poorly. We lost three quick wickets (for 17 runs) and that put us back. I think 240 or 250 would have been a good score. The batting has been a problem of late," conceded Younis. "I'm pleased with Saeed Anwar's knock. He was the only one who batted well, but we could have done better." Waqar downplayed a verbal duel between his leg spinner Shahid Afridi and Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva. "It's nothing personal. It just happened in the heat of the moment," Waqar said of the incident involving the two players who traded words.

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