Pakistan to play Dutch in an inconsequential game

Published: Saturday, September 21, 2002, 3:35 [IST]
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Colombo: Pakistan will play Holland in its last league match in the ICC Champions Trophy on Saturday in an inconsequential game at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground.Both teams have been knocked out of the tournament by Sri Lanka, which will clash with Australia in the semi-final on September 27.Pakistan's coach Mudassar Nazar was sacked after its defeat to Sri Lanka in the tournament opener on September 12, but Waqar Younis was retained captain.Star batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq has been ruled out of further cricket for some time due to a heel injury, while the team's fortunes have dipped sharply in recent days. The Pakistanis, who play the first of three Test matches against Australia here from October 3, have been staying here with very little cricketing activity. The team was also dragged into a strange controversy after the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit (ACU) called for videotapes of the Sri Lanka-Pakistan match to review a number of incidents. Although there was nothing to suggest that Pakistan was under investigation, there was speculation that the ACU was probing some match-fixing allegation. However, the ICC said it had nothing to say in the matter, as the viewing of the tapes was part of the security protocol put in place for the tournament. For inexperienced Holland, the match will be another step in its learning curve. Captain Roland Lefebvre said after the first match, in which they were thrashed by Sri Lanka, that his nervous team should be given credit for restricting the belligerent Sri Lankan batsman to a total under 300.The teams (from): Pakistan: Waqar Younis (captain), Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Rashid Latif, Abdul Razzak, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, ShoaibAkhtar, Azhar Mahmood and Mohammed Sami.Holland: Roland Lefebvre (captain), Daan van Bunge, Bas ZuiderEnt, Tim de Leede, Reinout Scholte, Luuk van Troost, Jacob-Jan Esmeijer, Adeel Raja, Edgar Schiferli, Victor Grandia, Nick Statham, Henk-Jan Mol and Feiko Kloppenburg. Umpires: Dave Orchard and Rudi Koertzen. TV Umpire: Daryl Harper. Match Referee: Clive Lloyd. PTI

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