Thatscricket - Test Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Miandad, Youhana bat for Pakistan bowlers

Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan's cricket coach Javed Miandad on Tuesday said his fast bowlers, who have conceded a large number of extras right through the One-day series, have to be a lot more responsible if they wish to clinch the series decider against archrivals India.

Concerned by the tendency of the fast bowlers to give extra runs through wides and no balls, Miandad has talked to his bowlers on this aspect and is hoping they would respond with an improved performance.

"We are all trying to sort out this problem. They (bowlers) are working very hard in the nets. They are also concerned. But I think they have to take responsibility," Miandad said in Lahore.

However, despite the rather lacklustre performance of their famed bowling line-up, Miandad and vice-captain Yousuf Youhana ruled out any changes in the bowling attack saying the team had full faith in their ability.

"I don't think there will be any change in the bowling. They may have conceded a lot of extras but we are confident that they will find their rhythm."

Pakistan's famed fast bowlers -- Shoaib Akhtar, Shabbir Ahmed and Mohammad Sami -- have conceded 98 extras through wides and no balls in the four matches so far of the One-day series against India.

Miandad said all the bowlers would try and correct their mistakes and put up an improved performance in the crucial match on Wednesday.

"They are all professionals and they should be able to correct their mistakes. We want to play good, positive cricket in this crucial game. Winning or losing is a part of the game, but we should play good cricket," he said.

"Shoaib (Akhtar) is trying very hard because it is a big series. Sometimes he can't control it. But we have full faith in him," he said of the strike bowler who has not been much of a threat for the Indians so far.

When reminded about the 'chokers' tag of the Indians, Miandad said, "My team has also been referred to as chokers often. The past remains in the past. Tomorrow we will know whether they (Indians) are really chokers, I hope they keep the trend going!"

The coach was full of praise for his batsmen who have managed to put up big totals on the board in almost every match. "The batsmen have done a tremendous job. Nobody was expecting that. I hope tomorrow, our bowlers will also click."

On whether the Pakistan team required a bowling coach, Miandad said, "it is for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to decide. I have no objection if a bowling coach is appointed. It is entirely up to the PCB, nobody has spoken to me yet." "I would definitely welcome former bowling greats like Imran Khan to come and speak to the bowlers," he said.

Youhana conceded that his batting form was a bit of a concern for him but felt that it was just a question of hanging around and the runs would come.

"Yes, I am a little worried about my form. I hope I will improve tomorrow," he said.

Asked whether Pakistan had decided their playing eleven for the crucial match, Youhana said, "We have not finalised the team yet. It is difficult to say who will play at the moment."

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