No rift in Pak cricket team: Shoaib Malik    2007-12-20 06:18:08    

Lahore, Dec 20 : Pakistan's skipper Shoaib Malik has dismissed reports that the loss to India has led to differences within the team over his continuation as captain.
Pakistan's skipper Shoaib Malik has dismissed reports that the loss to India has led to differences within the team over his continuation as captain.

Malik, who survived a disappointing home series against South Africa and an away tour to India, said that he was keen to make amends for the debacles.

"It hurts to end the year on a disappointing note with defeats in India. But there is no truth in rumours of differences within the team," Malik said.

"The team has been playing as a unit and that is why we managed to draw the last two Tests in India. The seniors have been extending full co-operation and I am happy with my position as captain," he added.

Malik said that he could understand the bitter disappointment among former players and fans over the series loss to India.

"I try to take some positives out of this criticism. But everyone should realise that no captain likes to lose and neither does any team want to end on the losing side. But the fact is we lost in India because of some unseen problems," he said.

Malik felt injuries and health problems to pacers Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami deprived the bowling attack of bite.

"It made a big difference to our performance because our bowling lacked bite. In the one-day series we fought hard and it was a close rubber. In the Delhi Test one bad session cost us the match," he explained.

Malik also rubbished suggestions that he was under any extra pressure while captaining the side, the Dawn reported.

Malik said he was confident that the team would learn from its mistakes in India and perform better in the upcoming series against Zimbabwe and Australia. (ANI)
© 2007 ANI

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