Pakistan itching to get back into action

Published: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 11:56 [IST]
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Lahore: Facing a drought of international cricket, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said he and his teammates were eagerly looking forward to getting back into action by competing in the four-nation twenty20 tournament in Canada next month.

The Toronto quadrangular to be played from October 10 to 14.

''We haven't played any competitive cricket in the last several weeks and are itching to get back into action,'' Malik said yesterday.

Malik will be leading Pakistan in the four-nation event that also involves Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and hosts Canada.

Pakistan's last international outing was in the Asia Cup at home held earlier this summer.

They were supposed to host the ICC Champions Trophy in September but the eight-nation event was postponed because of security fears.

Malik said he and fellow players will be able to warm up for the Canadian assignment by competing in the National Twenty20 Cup here to be played from October 4-8.

''The Twenty20 Cup will provide us an excellent opportunity to regain our form and rhythm before the four-nation event,'' he said.

He rejected the impression that the Toronto quadrangular will be a second-grade event because of the participation of cricketing minnows Zimbabwe and Canada.

''Twenty20 is a very unpredictable format and you can't take any opposition for granted,'' Malik added.


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