Pak coach suggests to shift series in India

Lahore, Nov 18 (UNI) Newly-appointed coach Intikhab Alam has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to shift the upcoming home series to India if Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team continues to show its reluctance to tour the neighbouring nation.

''Obviously that is a more viable option if India don't come for some reason. Because then we can have India touring Pakistan the year after,'' Alam said.

''One has to be realistic and in sync with the prevailing conditions and the bottom line is we need to continue playing international cricket. I know 2009 is very important for us as Sri Lanka and Australia are also due to tour after India and we need to have these series,'' he added.

Alam further added that his team was preparing well for the Indian challenge and pointed out that if the tour is scrapped, it will be a big blow to Pakistan team which is already starved of international matches.

''Test cricket is very different from one-dayers and Twenty20 cricket. It requires a lot more hardwork, concentration and determination. And since we have not played any Test cricket this year the players are also concerned,'' he said.

The Pakistani team has not played a single Test this year and could manage to play just 21 ODIs winning 18 but most of those wins came against minnows like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.


Story first published: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 19:47 [IST]
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