ISLAMABAD - Legendary batsman Javed Miandad feels difficult to predict the victor of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series saying cricket is a game of chance and anything can happen.
Pakistan will play two Tests and three ODIs against Sri Lanka this month. The first Test match will be played between both the teams from Wednesday. Talking to APP, the 124-Test veteran pointed out that consistent performance in the game from the Pakistan side is the only thing needed to tackle the tough Sri Lankan team.
"We have always lacked consistency and it is the only thing we need to improve," he said. Miandad said coaches are always there to help the players but at the end it is up to the players to perform and put the training to good use. "Our batsmen need to play with focus staying on the crease and should grab any lose opportunity to make an impression," he said adding Pakistan is well known to the Sri Lanka conditions.
Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz said Younis Khan and Saeed Ajmal would prove the difference-makers in the series against Sri Lanka. "Khan's experience would definitely prove lethal for the Sri Lankans," he said. Sarfraz said Ajmal would trouble the Sri Lankan batsmen. "Ajmal bowling would prove match winning in the series," he said adding but we not underestimate the Sri Lankan team as well.
Former batsman Mudassar Nazar believes coaches Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed have played cricket in Sri Lanka therefore they are in prime position to guide the players as to what to expect in terms of playing conditions there. Mudassar said I expect improvement from the Pakistani fast bowlers with Waqar as coach.
"Even in his last stint as coach, the fast bowling department had started to do really well. Hopefully, we should also see a marked improvement in this area during the series against Sri Lanka and beyond as well," Mudasar said.
Speaking about Pakistan spin attack, Mudassar said our spin department is competent enough with the likes of Saeed Ajmal and we should not under-estimate the role of spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed. "Mushtaq will be making sure that the spin department carries on its good work," he said.