Pak will feel the pressure in India: Zaheer

Published: Monday, January 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas today said that the Pakistan team would be under pressure when they take on India in the forthcoming Test series after their dismal showing in the recent Test series against Australia.

Considered as one of the finest batsman of the world, Zaheer told Dubai-based Gulf News in an exclusive interview that the poor performance of the Pakistanis would mean that they would be under extreme pressure taking on the Indians in their own backyard in a three Test series beginning March this year.

"Pakistan will under pressure in India. A tour of India is really tough and they will have to lift their morale if they have to do well," he was quoted as saying.

Zaheer said the Pakistani batsmen do not lack the technique to counter top-notch bowling but must learn to occupy the wicket.

"The batsmen should have stayed on at the wicket and played with more determination. The team should have exhibited more grit and fighting qualities," the paper quoted him.

Zaheer was averse to the idea of roping in foreign coaches as Pakistan have a wealth of past cricketers who can do a good job.

"We had tried Daryl Foster before and he proved to be unsuccessful. I cannot understand why our cricket board has done it again. Pakistan has many outstanding players who have done extremely well in international cricket. They have the knowledge of how to play against top teams and the ability to get the best out of our players. Former players who have turned coaches know the psyche of a Pakistan player," the Daily quoted him saying

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