Former Pak captains advice team to be fearless against India

Last Updated 20 March 2014, 06:02 IST

All excited about the India-Pakistan clash in the World Twenty20 Championships tomorrow, former captains and players here have just one piece of advice for Mohammed Hafeez's men ahead of the high-pressure match -- play fearlessly.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said the key to beating India tomorrow lies in being brave.

"If they go out against India afraid of defeat they will face lot of problems," cautioned Imran, who led Pakistan to the 1992 World Cup crown.

Imran said on Geo News channel that Pakistan had a more balanced outfit than India but their approach needed to be right for the big match.

"Any game against India is a pressure game because of the tensions and expectations associated with the match. But I would only advise our players to go out and play fearlessly without any fear of defeat. They must play their natural game and not worry about losing," Imran said.

Former coach and captain Javed Miandad felt that Pakistan needed to exploit India's limited bowling resources.

"We must try to chase because trying to set a big total given India's batting depth will only add to the pressure on us," he said.

He said Indian players always faltered when Pakistani players went on the attack.

"Hafeez has to lead from the front with bat and ball. and with Shahid Afridi in good touch these two can play vital roles in helping their team win the match."

(Published 20 March 2014, 06:02 IST)

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