Pak team fully focused on launching their World Cup campaign

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

HAMBANTOTA - After battling controversy for a longtime, the Pakistan team is fully focused on launching their World Cup campaign on Wednesday.

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, who was peppered with queries at a news conference ahead of the match about the spot-fixing case, dodged each question and instead preferred to look firmly into the future.

“You can’t afford any more controversies, we are just trying to stay away from it,” said Waqar, who missed out on the country’s 1992 World Cup triumph as a player due to injury.

“It is going to be really tough. But we have seen Pakistan cricket teams in the past couple of decades whenever things are hard and tough for them, they really come out positive as you have seen in 1992,” The Nation quoted him, as saying.

“We have been in some tough times in the recent past. But it does not mean that we don’t have talent and that we are not good enough,” Waqar said.

“We are a very good team and can beat any team on a given day. So I don’t think anybody is thinking of this match fixing or spot fixing, whatever it was, and what happened in the past. We all are gearing for this tournament,” he said

The World Cup itself has very bitter-sweet memories over the years for Pakistan. They shocked everybody to win in 1992 in Melbourne. (ANI)

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