Sami Aslam
Sami Aslam is one of the prolific run-getters in the history of ICC Under-19 World Cups © Getty Images


Dubai: Feb 28, 2014


Sami Aslam, the Pakistan captain has said that his side will give their 100 percent in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 final against South Africa at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Aslam also affirmed that Imam-ul-Haq, his opening partner is fit for the contest.


Speaking to the media on the day before the final, Aslam said, “South Africa have reached the final and a team reaching the final could be very good. They are unbeaten, they are a good side and we will try to play 100 percent.”


During the semi-final against England, Imam had injured his hamstring and Pakistan were sweating over his fitness. “Imam had stress on the hamstring but he was taking rest and treatment from the doctors for three days. He is alright now and God’s grace, he should play in the final. Today we did some practice in the nets. The doctor assessed him and he is alright and should play,” Aslam said.


Aslam is also confident that his batsmen will be up for the Kagiso Rabada challenge. “We have played a lot of domestic cricket and bowlers like that [Rabada]. We have seen him bowl in the other semifinal and we are used to the conditions now at the Dubai Stadium. So, I think it should be a good match.”


Although Kagiso was the main man the other day, Aslam believes his side should focus on the South African unit that has a few more match-winners. “The main focus is always on key players who perform. They have four to five good players, especially the pace bowler but in the match you have to focus equally on them. No one can be taken easily.”


With Saturday being a holiday in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one can expect a good crowd with the expatriate population coming to watch the game. Speaking about the anticipated support and the pressure of the final, Aslam is confident that his side will come good, “The more the Pakistani crowd, the better we feel. There is no pressure in that. The wicket has assisted all departments, so it will be a good match.”


Most of the members of the current team would not play under-19 in the future and Aslam wants to end a memorable journey on a high. :It is the last match for a lot of the boys at this level. So we want to quit in a successful manner and would want to win the World Cup,” Aslam said.