Tour of West Indies important in world cups perspective: Sarfraz

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Lahore

Pakistan one day captain, Sarfraz Ahmad said on Friday that the tour of the West Indies was very important for the team in World Cup perspective to qualify for the mega event.
“For us it is a very significant tour as success in the tour will strengthen our chances for playing the World Cup without playing the qualification rounds,” he told news men here at the Gadaffi stadium on the last day of the training camp for the build up of the team for the tour of West Indies.
He was of the view that a high quality display in batting, fielding and bowling can be the key to success in the tour of Caribbean. “What is needed is to make lesser mistakes and to show consistency in the tour to attain desired results,” he said.
“It is a sour reality that during the last two years our performance in the one day matches is not up to the mark and solid efforts have been made to overcome gray areas in the training camp,” he said.
The captain termed the department of fielding very important and said during previous series the fielding was not to the required standard and during the camp special emphasis has been laid to bring improvement in it.
“It was seen that our batsmen scored 290 to 300 runs in a one day but poor fielding and dropping of catches poured water on their efforts of and we lost matches due to this aspect,” he added.
To a question, Sarfraz said in the one day matches Pakistan will be having a balanced pace attack with the presence of Muhammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf and expressed the hope that these bowlers will live up to the expectations by giving a good performance.
“We need to bat well, bowl well andfield well to win a game,” he said.
The skipper said batting has a combination of youth and experience where experienced ones like Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal and Ahmad Shahzad will be there to share most of the responsibility with young players learning from them and showcasing their talent in a better way.—APP