Confidence the difference: Miandad

Published: Saturday, April 17, 2004, 1:01 [IST]
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Rawalpindi :After the first-ever series loss to India on their home soil, Pakistan coach Javed Miandad on Friday admitted that his side was "outplayed" by the visitors who deserved all credit for their remarkable effort.

"We were outplayed by a team which played better and we should give them full credit for their remarkable effort,"

Said Miandad after Pakistan's innings and 131-run loss to India in the third Test in Rawalpindi.

When asked about what made the current Indian team click, the legendary batsman said they had some very good batsmen and were high on confidence.

"Earlier teams were also good, but this team is high on confidence. They have an established batting line-up. Their top six batsmen have an average of nearly 50, so that is very good. Their youngsters are also coming up, so I think they have got the right balance," said Miandad.

Although several of his players failed to perform up to the mark in the series, Miandad said it was up to the selection committee to decide whether they wanted to make changes in the team composition.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Rameez Raja suggested his boys to take a leaf out of 'Team India's' book.

"The time has come to make 'Team Pakistan' the motto. There are some individual brilliance but now we must pull all our positives together and play for the country," Raja said.

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