We have to find ways to beat India: Woolmer

Published: Sunday, April 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said his team was busy working out ways to beat India and avenge the home series loss against the arch-rivals in the two matches to be played in Abu Dhabi.

''Pakistan have played well in the last 12 months but we definitely need to find a method to beat India in the One-day game in order to restore our confidence,'' Woolmer told reporters.

Woolmer said the two charity matches for raising funds for last year's earthquake victims would give them a chance to brace up for the England tour in June.

''It's imperative for us to be in our best shape before the England tour because you have to be at your best to beat England at their home. Abu Dhabi matches maybe for a cause but they are important and we are taking them seriously,'' Woolmer said.

However, the Pakistan coach was not very happy with the amount of cricket being played and warned it could cause fatigue to the players.

Pakistan have just returned after a successful tour of Sri Lanka and would now prepare to take on India in Abu Dhabi next week.

''We have played 13 One-dayers and eight Tests in the last six months. We will now play in Abu Dhabi then travel to England and then play in the ICC Champions Trophy. After that, we will host the West Indies, then fly to South Africa before returning to the West Indies for the World Cup,'' he said.

''Now that's too much cricket but I can't help it,'' Woolmer said pointing to the ICC Future Tour Programme (FTP).

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