Akram keen to break World Cup jinx against India

Published: Sunday, February 9, 2003, 3:33 [IST]
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Cape Town: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on Saturday said his team was keen to break the jinx against India when the two sides meet in a World Cup match on March 1. Declining to put much emphasis on the encounter, billed as the "match of the tournament", Akram said his side would be looking forward to register its first win against India in a World Cup game.

"I know that it is being billed as an explosive match. But for us, it is going to be just another game. "We will play as hard as we have played before and although we have not beaten them (India) in the World Cup, we have enjoyed excellent success against them in the last few years. I believe now we have all the tools to break the jinx this time," the left-arm pacer was quoted as saying in a Pakistan Cricket Board release. Pakistan has lost all the three World Cup encounters against India - in 1992 at Sydney, in 1996 at Bangalore and in 1999 at Old Trafford.

The bowler, who has made it clear that this could be his last World Cup, said he wanted to finish his career on a high note. "The memories of the 1999 World Cup final are still fresh in my memory. But I am determined to bury them once and for ever in this tournament. This will surely be my last World Cup and I am keen to end on a high note." Pakistan surrendered meekly to Australia in the final four years ago losing the match by eight wickets.

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