Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam believes that all-rounder Abdul Razzaq's match-winning century against South Africa in the second ODI could be just what the team needs to raise its morale in the prelude to next year's World Cup.
Razzaq had played an innings of devastating grit on Sunday to lead Pakistan to a spirit-lifting one-wicket win at Abu Dhabi's Zayed Cricket Stadium. The 30-year-old all-rounder hit an unbeaten 109 off just 72 balls, as Pakistan reached 289 for nine with one ball remaining in reply to South Africa's 286 for eight.
"This could be the turning point for our team. Things haven't gone well for us in the recent past, but I'm sure all of it is going to change," the News quoted Alam, as saying. "This knock will lift the morale of the entire team, I'm sure about that."
The team manager further insists that Pakistan is now in a perfect position to win this five-match series - a result that he believes will put Pakistan back on track in their readiness for the World Cup.
"Our team has shown a lot character. It was time it did because our results were not up the mark and because the World Cup is not far away, the team has to get back on track and I�m sure that it will after the way we won last night," Alam said.
Pakistan lost the opening ODI and both Twenty20 internationals of the tour so far, but have now drawn level in the ODI series at 1-1. Pakistan and the Proteas will play three more ODIs in Dubai before a two-test series that ends on Nov 24.