Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- We will play aggressive cricket, says Inzamam

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 18:30 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq on Thursday promised to play aggressive cricket and enter the field against India with a resolve to win all the matches against the arch-rivals.

"We will play aggressive cricket and enter the field with an aim to win. Only with this approach can we carry the day against India," Inzamam said during the training camp in Lahore at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The Pakistan captain also said the pep talk by former greats Imran Khan and Wasim Akram had "done wonders" to his boys and they had resolved not to get "pressurised by the occasion of playing against India".

"Their visits have done wonder to the boys as they now feel more confident and have learnt how to sustain the pressure of an Indian series. Our players are eager to do well against India and have shown resolve not to get pressurised by the occasion of playing against India. We will play real tough cricket," he said.

The burly 33-year-old was given the reins of Pakistan's leadership against Bangladesh last year, a series that Pakistan won 5-0. Although Pakistan lost a One-day series to South Africa 2-3, Inzamam led the side to Test series wins over the Proteas and then against New Zealand in the away series.

Inzamam reiterated pacers would be his main weapons against the Indian batting machine.

"If you compare the bowling attack of both the teams you can easily gauge that we have world class bowlers in Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami and Shabbir Ahmed is also bowling well. Coach Javed Miandad and I have tried to give confidence to Shabbir (Ahmed) after his return from Australia where he modified his action, so he has regained his confidence."

Shabbir's bowling action was questioned during the One-day series in New Zealand in January and the lanky pacer has modified his action with the help of Australian expert and former Kent coach Daryl Foster.

Pakistan still awaits Foster's report on Shabbir's action but as per International Cricket Council rules, Shabbir will continue to play as he has six months to alter his questionable action.

Inzamam said handling Indian bowling attack would not be a big problem for his batsmen.

"Their bowling attack is not that good so if our batters put a score of around 280 then our bowlers have the capacity to restrict India and win One-day games," he said.

Pakistan will announce the squad for the first two matches on Friday, a day before their camp shifts to Karachi on March 6.

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