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Lack of confidence Pak team's biggest problem: Waqar

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Lahore, Mar.30 (ANI): Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis has said that the national squad lacks confidence, and it is this problem that he would try to sort out during the three week training camp.

Waqar said he would use the ongoing training camp to build confidence in players ahead of next month's ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies.

"Pakistan's biggest problem is their lack of confidence. They wilt under pressure very easily and quickly despite having services of many talented players in their camp. So, my first task will be to mix with players and raise their morale. I hope to invigorate this team and restore faith among players," he said.

Admitting that coaching the national squad is not an easy task, Waqar said it would be a challenge for him to lift the side following the dismal tour of Australia.

"Someone had to do the job and I dared to accept it and I assured the nation and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that I would not disappoint them," The Daily Times quoted Waqar, as saying.

He also hailed the PCB's decision to appoint all rounder Shahid Afridi as the captain for the ICC T20 World Championship, and said his positive approach towards the game would help the team.

"Afridi is a player with a positive frame of mind who has been bowling excellently in last two years. His mere presence in the field generates a fighting spirit among the players," Waqar said.

He said he was confident that both of them would work together to deliver the desired results.

Fielding has been one of the major concern's for Pakistan in the recent past, and Waqar too is aware of the fact.

"During the camp we will stress on the fielding because in a Twenty20 match, 15-20 runs can make the difference and this you can save through good fielding," he said.

When asked about his favourites in the T20 World Cup, Waqar said it is hard to predict a winner in the slam bang version of the game , adding : " Any team who play well on the day can win a Twenty20 match, it's tough to predict who will win but in my opinion Australia, India and South Africa are playing well." (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 12:49 [IST]
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