Winning is not everything: Inzamam

Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq donned the role of a perfect ambassador shortly after arriving in India today, speaking about the need to use cricket as a vehicle for "building relations" between two countries.

Inzamam said winning or losing would not matter much in the commemorative one-day international against India on Thursday as the emphasis should be on goodwill.

"We are coming back after 1999. We are happy to be here, people of both countires have warmth for each other. We are neighbours and know each other well," he told reporters at the IGI Airport here.

"Celebration will not take away focus from cricket but the important thing is to build relations. So win or loss does not matter on this occasion," the genial batsman said.

Inzamam did not believe that the recent victories against India would give them a psychological edge.

"Results of previous matches do not matter. It is a new match."

There will also be some pressure of playing India in India, he said but added that every outing against India, no matter where, does involve a lot of pressure. "I hope the boys will enjoy the game."

The Pakistan team arrived at around 1600 hours by a PIA flight en route Kolkata for the day-night encounter at the Eden Gardens as a part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations ofthe Indian Cricket Board.

It is first time in five years that the Pakistan cricket team are coming to India, the last time being in 1999 when they had played in the Asian Test championship.

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