Paarl: Captain Waqar Younis may have missed the 1992 World Cup because of injury but hopes to use Pakistan’s triumph that year as inspiration to rescue his team’s faltering 2003 campaign.
Pakistan play Holland here at BoE Park on Tuesday, knowing they need to win their remaining three group A matches to reach the Super Six phase.
After defeats against Australia and England, Pakistan are languishing in fifth place , with Australia, England and India all two wins ahead of them. After the Holland match, Pakistan have to play India at Centurion on Saturday and Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on March 4.
“All these three games are crucial,” said Waqar. “It’s a World Cup. ”
Eleven years ago, skipper Imran Khan famously exhorted his players to “attack, attack, attack” and they won three successive matches to scrape into the semis, then won twice more to lift the trophy.
Asked whether he could emulate Imran, Waqar admitted: “I don’t know how he did it because I wasn’t there, but I’m going to give it my best shot.” Waqar admitted that the team’s batting had been disappointing but said major changes were unlikely.
Pakistan(from): Waqar Younis (capt), Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Salim Elahi, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Mahmood, Mohammed Sami.
Holland (from): Roland Lefebvre (capt), Luuk van Troost, Daan van Bunge, Bas Zuiderent, Klaas van Noortwijk, Tim de Leede, Reinout Scholte, Edgar Schiferli, Feiko Kloppenburg, Jeroen Smits, Jacob-jan Esmeijer, Nick Statham, Henk Mol, Ruud Nijman, Adeel Raja.
Umpires: Steve Bucknor (WI) and S. Venkatraghavan (Ind). Third Umpire: Tyron Wijewardene (Sri)
Match Referee: Clive Lloyd (WI).