Misbah says spot-fixing scandal will not affect team in WC

Posted By: Pti

Karachi, Feb 10 (PTI) Pakistan vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haqdoes not believe that the recent spot-fixing scandal will haveany impact on the performance of the team in the World Cup,staring from February 19.

As the Pakistan squad prepares to leave for Bangladeshtonight, Misbah said the team had gained momentum after theseries win in New Zealand and was going into the tournamentwith their spirits high.

"We are going to play positive cricket and our focus istotally on cricket and not on what has happened off the fieldrecently. I am confident it will be a good tournament for us,"said Misbah.

Pakistan Test captain also said that he was happy withhis own form.

"It is great that I have found form at the right time,ahead of such a big event and hopefully it will continue inthe World Cup also. Playing for the World Cup for the firsttime is a big motivation to do well."

Misbah, who had an outstanding series in New Zealandwhere he scored six half-centuries, said the team was clearabout what was expected of them in the World Cup.

"It will be a big event for everyone as the oppositionchanges in every match and so do the conditions. But I thinkafter the way we gelled and performed in New Zealand, themomentum is with us and no one should write us off," he said.

Misbah also added that it was critical for the batting toclick in the mega event.

"We have good bowlers but the batsmen have to play theirrole in scoring the required runs while batting first orsecond. We have lot of experience and flair in our batting andAfridi and Razzaq are quality allrounders in the lower-order,which gives us lot of edge."

Stating that he had happy memories of his last tour toIndia in 2007 and also of playing in Sri Lanka, Misbah said hewas looking forward to the World Cup.

Story first published: Friday, February 11, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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