Lahore, Oct 6 : Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's interim coach for the upcoming series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against Sri Lanka, has said that his side is `fully capable' of beating the `tough opposition'.
"Though Sri Lanka is one of the best teams in the world today because of their balance and professionalism, Pakistan is also a well-balanced side fully capable of beating them in the tough series," the Dawn quoted Mohsin, as saying.
He said that while the Pakistan squad has a good combination, team spirit and unity, Sri Lankans are a very balanced team and a tough opposition.
"They (Sri Lankans) have top-class batsmen like (Mahela) Jayawardene, (Kumar) Sangakkara, (Tillakaratne) Dilshan and other and a very decent pace attack, besides a very organised spin-attack. So altogether they are a very balanced team and a tough opposition," the new head coach said.
When asked about the reason for showing so much faith in the current Pakistan team against a strong side like Sri Lanka, Mohsin said: "I feel this Pakistan team is full of talent in all the departments."
"In batting, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Hafeez are solid players who can be the inspiring force for the talented young batsmen in the line up. Also, all-rounder Shoaib Malik's experience will help the team a lot," he pointed out.
"World-class bowler like Umar Gul and hard working pacers, such as Wahab Riaz and Aizaz Cheema, coupled with the talent of Junaid Khan, form a very effective pace attack for Pakistan which gives me great hope for the upcoming series," he added.
Moreover, Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman have proved to be world-class spinners in all the formats of the game, whereas wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal has been doing a brilliant job behind the wicket as well to complete the combination, Mohsin said. (ANI)
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