Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Shaharyar Khan urges Pak players to behave well

Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 0:33 [IST]
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Islamabad:Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has urged the members of the Pakistan team to be on their best behaviour during the upcoming home series against India and avoid showing emotions in public.

Khan met the Pakistani players in Lahore and told the cricketers in categorical terms that they had to give a lot of stress on their conduct in the series and ensure that they did not send the wrong messages to the crowds with their actions.

"The players have been told that all times they have to be well mannered, calm and willing to accept mistakes and should not show emotions or reaction on any issue," Pakistan manager Haroon Rasheed quoted Khan as saying.

The PCB chief also stressed upon the players that since the series was a very important one from both cricket and political point of view, it was imperative that it should be held without any violence and major incidents including crowd problems.

"The chairman told the players that he had full confidence in their ability to understand the significance of the series and they would pay great attention their conduct on and off the field at all times," Rasheed said.

Rasheed said the PCB chairman also advised the players to play hard cricket in the series but not to bother too much about winning or losing.

"His message basically was that if the players tried hard and gave their best till the last the people would also accept any result with sportsmanship knowing their team had done it's best," he said.

"At the same time the chairman said he was confident that the Pakistan team was good enough to do well in the series in all departments of the game," he said.

The national training camp will end in Lahore on Sunday with the selected 16-member squad than travelling to Karachi on Monday to prepare for the first One-dayer on March 13.

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