Pakistan will never play negative cricket, says coach Mohsin Khan

Mohsin Khan was named Pakistan coach for Sri Lanka series after Waqar Younis’ resignation AFP

Karachi: Oct 31, 2011

Pakistan team’s interim coach, Mohsin Khan has made it clear that his team will go all out for a win in the third Test against Sri Lanka, despite enjoying a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Pakistan won the second Test in Dubai last week by a convincing margin of nine wickets.

Pakistan also dominated the first Test in Abu Dhabi after bowling out the Sri Lankans for 197 on the first day.

“As long as I am with the boys, we will never play negative cricket and we want to go into the third Test in a positive frame of mind. We will go for a win in Sharjah and will not go there looking to sit on our one series lead,” Mohsin said.

“However Test cricket is very unpredictable and in five days of cricket anything is possible and plans have to sometimes be changed as the match goes on and it’s important that the captain and I keep discussing the match progress and the game plan,” he added.

Mohsin is expecting the pitch to favour the batsmen.

“The pitch at Sharjah will of course dictate the game plan. When I played there many years ago it was always a batsman-friendly surface. I hope we get a track that is similar to the Dubai one, but perhaps not one that deteriorates as much as the Dubai wicket did later in the match,” he was quoted as saying by website.

Mohsin, who was named coach for the series after the resignation of Waqar Younis post the Zimbabwe tour, said he had forged a good understanding with the players and they had given him lot of support.

“I’m really pleased with the team spirit in the camp and I think this group of players has the potential to improve further. I do feel that the last six months have been the beginning of a new era in Pakistan cricket. We want to build on the momentum and and God willing I am confident that the team will continue to improve,” Mohsin said. (PTI)