LAHORE - Pakistan Twenty20 captain M Hafeez Tuesday said that Pakistan had good chance to exploit under pressure South African side in the second Test after their first Test loss to wrap up the series 2-0.
“After South Africa loss in the first Test, they will be under pressure and Pakistan should exploit this factor to maintain the flow of victories,” Hafeez told reporters here at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
“Pakistan team put up an impressive show in the first Test and what is the important is to show consistency and definitely the morale of the team is very high ahead of the second Test,” he added.
He said Pakistan team stand fair chance to win the second Test and he was confident that all the players would duly justify in their respective roles. Hafeez added he anticipated thrilling one-day cricket in the five-ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa. “South Africans are good enough in one-day cricket and they can offer tough fight in the series and in the given circumstances, it is going to be a challenging task for us to outshine them in the one-day matches. Definitely, our excellent performance in the Test matches will be an added advantage for us to take on the one-day challenge in a brave and decent manner,” he stated.
To a query, he replied: “I am focusing on making a comeback in the Test squad and I am striving hard to achieve this objective. I am not disappointed at all for not being the part of the Test team and now it has become a challenge for me to get back my place underling my talent and performance,” he added.
He said it was a setback for Pakistan cricket that international cricket had not been played in the country owing to many reasons but despite this adverse factor, the team was showing good results in different formats of the game at neutral venues. “Home ground and crowd are always a plus point for a team playing in its own home soil and we are not playing at home since long yet we are producing more than satisfactory results which shows our commitment and passion for the game,” he stated.
Hafeez said he always welcomed positive and healthy criticism on him but critics were giving a wrong impression that due to his presence, the team mostly suffered defeat. “Since 2010 during my presence in the team, Pakistan maintained a record of 65 to 70 percent of success and when I took over as Twenty20 captain, the team improved its ranking to No 2,” he claimed.
He said it was a matter of great satisfaction for him being the top scorer for the last three years. Replying to a query, Hafeez said: “The selectors are giving ample chances to young players and that is the reasons nine new players are the part of the team. Being Twenty20 captain, I am not under pressure and whatsoever responsibilities the PCB has put on my shoulders, I will try my best to perform them in the best way.”